Ap­ple files patent for fold­able iPhone

The re­cent de­vel­op­ment fol­lows ear­lier ru­mours that the com­pany was work­ing with LG on a fu­ture fold­able iPhone.

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SAN FRAN­CISCO: Fol­low­ing ear­lier re­ports that Ap­ple was work­ing with LG on a fu­ture fold­able iPhone, the com­pany has filed a patent ap­pli­ca­tion for a yet-un­named fold­able de­vice that can 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,” said a patent ap­pli­ca­tion pub­lished by The US Patent and Trade­mark Of­fice. This fol­lows ear­lier ru­mours that the com­pany was work­ing with LG on a fu­ture fold­able iPhone. Ear­lier, re­ports said Ap­ple has de­cided to go with LG and not Sam­sung (Sam­sung OLED dis­plays are the best in the in­dus­try) owing to the fear that spec­i­fi­ca­tions could be leaked as Sam­sung is its arch ri­val. The fold­able iPhone panel pro­duc­tion could start from 2020. Mean­while, LG has re­port- edly com­pleted its own fold­able OLED panel pro­to­type and has been up­grad­ing the dura­bil­ity and the yield rate. The com­pany re­cently started its first OLED pro­duc­tion for phones at its E5 plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Prov­ince.

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