Is Apple working on a folding iPhone? The technology giant patents the patent of a folding device
Is Apple working on a folding iPhone? The tech giant presents a patent for a device with a hinge that prevents the screen from wrinkling
- A new patent filed by Apple in the US UU. Suggest the possibility of a folding iPhone
- The patent focuses on a patented hinge mechanism to minimize wrinkles.
- When it opens flat, the hinge will deploy two internal fins to prop up the screen
Apple could be working on a new folding version of the iPhone, according to a patent filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office this week.
The patent, entitled "Electronic devices with flexible screens and hinges," describes a smartphone with a flexible screen that can be folded in half.
The patent shows a unique approach to a common problem with folding screen devices, namely that different amounts of pressure are applied to the screen depending on whether it is open or closed.
This week, Apple filed a new patent in the US. UU. For a folding smartphone, built with a patented hinge mechanism that applies different pressure levels to different parts of the screen
These differences in screen tension can cause the screen to bend or bend and quickly cause image quality problems at the point of folding, according to a report in Apple Insider.
To solve this problem, Apple has created a unique mechanism that will remove the screen at a slightly widened angle around the hinge, a pressure angle that is slightly wider than the one applied to the external parts of the screen.
When the device opens flat instead of folded, the hinge deploys two internal support fins that rotate in place under the screen to keep it tense and flat.
These fins work effectively as small metal struts that hold the screen and prevent it from sinking.
While foldable smartphones sound exciting, they have presented some major engineering problems for manufacturers.
Last year, Samsung launched its first foldable smartphone, the $ 2,000 Galaxy Fold, and some users reported that the screen quickly became a problem, reporting crease marks and other deformation effects.
According to Apple's patent, when the device is open flat, the small metal fins will fit in place to fill any empty space under the screen and prevent it from warping or combating
A dismantling of the phone by the iFixit technology website encountered numerous structural problems with the Galaxy Fold.
These problems include a loose hinge joint that allowed the screen to bend slightly in the crease, creating an opening for dust and other debris to get trapped under the surface of the screen.
Another design flaw came from the choice of using OLED display technology, which is even more sensitive to wear than the LCD screen.
What happened to the fold of GALAXY?
Samsung introduced the $ 2,000 Galaxy Fold with great fanfare in February.
But journalists who received review units before Fold's launch in late April reported that they experienced problems with the interior screen.
After only one or two days of use, users said the screen began to flicker and turn black before becoming completely unusable.
Last week, journalists who received review units before Fold's release reported that they experienced problems with the interior screen. The screen would blink and turn black
The problems are believed to come from the hinge that causes too much pressure on the screen.
Some said they had removed a protective layer on the screen that was supposed to remain on.
Meanwhile, others said they did not remove the protective film, but the device still stopped working.
YouTube user Marques Brownlee said he removed the protective film and his device began to have problems.
A warning on the Galaxy Fold package tells users not to remove the protective layer, according to a photo posted by T-Mobile Senior Product Manager, Desmond Smith.
"The main screen includes a special protective layer," he says. & # 39; Peeling the protective layer or using adhesives on the main screen, such as screen protectors or stickers, can cause damage & # 39 ;.
Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman said his Galaxy Fold started working abnormally after he removed the movie and eventually became unusable.
In addition, YouTube user Marques Brownlee said he removed the protective film and his device began to have problems.
But Dieter Bohn, executive editor of the technology news site. The edgeHe says he left that layer on and his screen still broke.
The problems raise questions about whether or not the Galaxy Fold can withstand normal use.