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.
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.