apple has filed a patent application for a foldable display which means an apple flip phone or one similar could be imminent. the patent, published by the US patent and trademark office, describes a foldable phone with a display that can be ‘opened and closed like a book’ and comes amid recent rumours the tech giant might be working with LG on the latest model.

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the patent describes a smartphone with a display that ‘opens and folds like a book’
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the technology not only bends and folds but looks as thought it will be used as a two-sided display for future apple smartphone. according to the patent it ‘may be formed from shape memory alloy or amorphous metal and may have openings to facilitate bending.

 

‘an electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. the device may have a flexible display’, the patent continues. ‘the flexible display may have a bending region that allows the display to bend along a bend axis when the device is folded.‘ 

 

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