Apple bags patent for foldable iPhone that can fold in half
Electronic manufacturers are on a hunt to develop bendable gadgets, especially smartphones. Researchers have even developed a bendable battery. Sharp was in news recently for its bendable OLED display that was being associated with future generation of iPhones. Samsung had announced arrival of a 5-inch smartphone, which if folded would function as a 7-inch tablet. Most recent was a video in which Xiaomi’s bendable touch-screen was seen in action.
But currently, blogosphere is buzzing with new hope as Apple has successfully bagged patent for a foldable iPhone. As per the drawings of the patent, the phone doesn’t bend; rather it folds in half down the middle. To make it feasible, the patent mentions use of ‘cabon nanotubes’ that’ll be used for wide variety of internal hardware including circuits and conductive cables.
Apple was under pressure after iPhone 7s was considered only a slightly upgraded version of 6s. Other manufacturers have even showcased working models of bendable gadgets like Lenovo that had demonstrated bendable gadgets that can be worn like a bracelet and a tablet and transforms into phone if folded. Similarly, LG’s bendable GFlex was announced at the CES 2015.
Although, Apple hasn’t spoken officially anything about the possibility of manufacturing the patented technology, it had submitted its request for this patent back in 2013. Apple claimed that it used moniker under the name of an engineer to avoid media attention.
However, finally, Apple was granted the patent this August only. Here is what the information disclosed by Patently Apple said:
Conductive carbon nanotube paths can form signal paths that are flexible and resistant to cracking. The carbon nanotube structures may be incorporated into signal cables such as flexible printed circuit cables, rigid printed circuit boards, printed circuits that include rigid portions with flexible tails (sometimes referred to as “rigid flex”), portions of display structures, portions of touch sensors such as capacitive touch sensor arrays for displays or track pads, camera structures, antenna structures, housing structures, internal device structures, electrical components, substrates, brackets, housing walls, other structures, or combinations of these structures.
However, the foldable iPhone won’t be around so easily and it might years to deliver a commercial model. There is a long list of pending patents that Apple hasn’t worked on. Moreover, all patents do not turn into commercial technology. For Apple fans, the news is thrilling and they have begun to anticipate a foldable iPhone, may be with hinges or something.