Apple could prepare itself to outdo its rivals by making its own foldable phone.
A patent filed by the company shows a double folding screen that can be bent back or folded in on both sides.
The design means that the device can also be used as a tablet when it is unfolded.
iPhone last year submitted a prototype that folds in the middle and since then Huawei, Samsung and Lenovo have launched all foldable devices.
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Apple beats its competitors with an innovative phone design that not only folds once, but also twice. The image shows a possible design
Spotted in a US patent Apple is patient, the company served to protect both single and multiple devices.
The document contains 37 drawings with different technical characteristics and folding configurations.
A patent filed by the company shows a double collapsible screen that can either bend back on itself (shown, at the top) like a fan or can be folded in from both ends.
The diagrams describe how the folding mechanism will work and indicate that it is a hinge that rotates to make the screen collapse.
He can go from a 180-degree angle to a 90-degree angle, he claims.
Another diagram shows that the screen can be folded back so that it wraps around the & # 39; back & # 39; from the device.
In this form, the screen forms a triangle and two people on either side of the folded display can view the same content when it is balanced on two sides.
Last year, a prototype of an iPhone folding in the middle was submitted as a book by Apple, although no folding devices were officially announced by the company. A possible design of this is shown above
On its website, Patently Apple described what these multi-foldable phones might look like: & # 39; The flexible coating can be formed from a ceramic material (e.g., glass, reinforced glass, sapphire, zirconia) to a certain degree of provide protection for the flexible display of impact or other potentially harmful contact.
Flexibele The flexible cover layer can also provide structural support for display along both the folded and non-folded areas of the device. As used herein, a cover layer can also be referred to as a cover sheet or simply as a cover layer. & # 39;
& # 39; Generally, a foldable electronic device can be collapsed to allow for different form factors. For example, a foldable electronic device can be used in an unfolded configuration to utilize a complete display area. & # 39;
Apple's new designs are probably not limited to just an iPhone and can also be applied to an iPad, MacBook or even an Apple Watch.
In a US patent spotted by Apple Patently, the company applied for both single and multifold devices in the latest patent applications. The figure shows the hinge with which the device can be folded
The document shows the rotating hinges (pictured) that would be used to convert the devices between a flat screen and a smaller phone.
Apart from the sketches, the patent offers few details about how the device would actually work.
The designs are made in real-looking images, such as those from Dutch industrial designer Roy Gilsing, a product developer who has worked for clients such as Rabobank, Colgate-Palmolive and Fresh & Rebel, according to the foldable.news site.
& # 39; At our request, he designed the imaginary & # 39; iPhone X Fold & # 39 ;, a slim handset with two displays. The outer display has an aspect ratio of 1: 3 and the inner folding display has an aspect ratio of 2: 3 & # 39 ;, wrote the website.
An earlier Apple patent entitled & # 39; Flexible Display Devices & # 39; was filed on October 12, 2018.
Apple has previously applied for a patent for a phone with a flexible screen. LetsGoDigital used the patent sketches to create 3D concept images of what the Apple folding phone might look like
As many have noted, these designs are unlikely to be limited to just one iPhone. They can also be applied to an iPad, MacBook or even an Apple Watch. Shown are 3D views of earlier designs
WHICH VEHICLES ARE THERE AND WHAT ARE THEIR PROBLEMS?
Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is considered a market leader, but has encountered some reliability issues.
Reviewers noticed it bubbled and broke around the hinge.
Huawei Mate X
It stole the show on MWC 2019 and was considered by many to be superior to the Samsung.
It has been curtailed by Google's recent Huawei exile that has revoked the Android license from the Chinese company.
It is not yet formally released but the foldable Oppo looks like the Huawei device.
A prototype was also unveiled at MWC.
Another view of the folding dynamics comes from the Motorola Razr.
It folds vertically into a new version of the iconic flip phone.
It was formally announced in April and a release date has not yet been set.
As with any patent, it is unclear whether Apple will actually develop these devices.
It turned out that almost every major device maker has detailed plans to make a sort of folding phone.
Samsung has released its own foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold, tomorrow.
The Korean technology giant first teased the device last year and showed a secret phone that unfolds to become a tablet and, when folded, is compact.
Chinese technology companies TCL, ZTE and Xiaomi have debuted or have detailed plans to issue a folding phone.
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