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Apple’s Latest Patent Depicts Foldable iPhone That Clips Onto Clothing

A newly revealed patent from Apple reveals the company has been working on a foldable iPhone design since at least 2014.

In a similar vein to a foldable smartphone patent from Samsung, Apple’s patent depicts a device that can fold back on itself when not in use to protect the display. The device can alternatively be folded with the display facing outward, with a built-in clip allowing the iPhone to be attached to clothing.

The patent, first filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office 2014, confirms long standing rumours of a flexible device from Apple, and adds support to recent reports of a flexible OLED display set to be included in next year’s iPhone.

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Internal components of the iPhone would be split into the two foldable halves, with a flexible OLED display and metal support structure reinforcing where the two halves split. A hinge and flexible circuit board would connect the components located in each half.

While the patent gives¬†an insight into the company’s research and investigation into potential future designs, Apple is not expected to release a foldable iPhone¬†anytime soon.