Apple Files Patent For Flexible Display Following Rumors Of Foldable iPhone

Rumors have already been circulating that Apple is working with LG in order to bring into market foldable iPhone. The US Patent & Trademark Office has published a new Apple patent application that covers a foldable display. That said to be allowing the handset users to be “opened” and closed like a book.

An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have a bending region that allows the display to bend along a bend axis when the device is folded.

Apple may begin the production of foldable iPhone in 2020, as it could be partnering with LG to produce foldable iPhone screens. While foldable phones are not new anymore, while this patent application far from confirms that one is on its way. And it does show Apple has at least considered it. Samsung is also expected to launch a foldable smartphone next year. Dubbed Galaxy X.

A previous report suggested that Apple plans to invest in an LG plant designed for the production of foldable displays. Critical to Apple’s foldable design is the OLED panel and metallic hinge which allow the display to be folded like clamshell mobile phones. The new patent hedges its bets though, covering LCD, OLED, and microLEDs.

Display may include an array of display pixels formed from liquid crystal display (LCD) components, an array of electrophoretic display pixels, an array of organic light-emitting diode display pixels, an array of pixels formed from crystalline semiconductor light-emitting diode dies (sometimes referred to as micro-LEDs), an array of electrowetting display pixels, or display pixels based on other display technologies. Examples in which display has been formed from organic light-emitting diode pixels or micro-LED pixels may sometimes be described herein as an example).

Reports have suggested that a foldable iPhone could reach us at the 2021 mark. If that timescale is anything to be believed or anywhere near accurate to trust. It is possible that Apple’s pursuit of microLED tech could have a part to play in such a foldable display. Stay tuned for more.

Update x1: LG has reportedly completed its own foldable OLED panel prototype and been upgrading the durability and the yield rate. It also recently started its first OLED production for phones at its E5 plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province.

(Source: USPTO)

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