Apple has obtained a patent for an iPhone that is partly flexible, which would enable the phone to “open and close similar to that of a book” or a flip-flop handphone just like back in the old days. This news comes following the report claiming that Apple was working with LG for a foldable iPhone.
“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” – says Apple in their patent application
The OLED panels and the metallic hinge are a crucial part for Apple’s foldable design which in turn would enable the phone’s display to fold and unfold. The tech giant has decided to team up with LG to work on this foldable phone instead of Samsung (which is the current supplier of OLED panels for the iPhone X). It isn’t surprising that Apple chose to work with LG instead of Samsung when you consider the rivalry between the two despite Samsung’s reputation for providing the best OLED displays.
Reports suggest that the production of the foldable display panels would start by 2020 and the phone would probably come into the market by 2021. Stay tuned at Win Authority by following us on Facebook , Twitter and by subscribing to our newsletters for future updates.
Disclaimer: Apple patents way more things than ever make it into production.