Folding iPhones could be the future for Apple | Inquirer Technology

Folding iPhones could be the future for Apple

/ 01:53 PM November 24, 2016

Apple follding phone patent

Apple has filed a patent for folding phone. Could folding smartphones be the next battle grounds for smartphone manufacturers? Image Patent No. 9,504,170

Way back in 2013, Samsung unveiled the very first flexible phone prototype at CES (Consumer Electronics Show). While it has not come out yet with a smartphone with folding screen, Apple is looking to join the folding-screen bandwagon, a recent report hints.

folding smartphone

Image Patent No. 9,504,170

Tech Radar reports that the hint came from a patent that Apple Insider discovered. It was labeled as U.S. Patent No. 9,504,170 “flexible display devices” and shows a handset with details on how it can be folded in half.

trifold smartphone

Image Patent 9,504,170

Several versions were also illustrated including devices that can fold in on itself like a traditional clamshell device and another that can fold in a way that leaves the screen visible, but cut in half. Another interesting illustration is a device that has two hinges and folds in three ways.

Considering Samsung has yet to present a folding smartphone since its prototype in 2013, it’s fairly safe to assume that a folding iPhone may still take a few more years to develop.  Alfred Bayle

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