‘Foldable cover and display patent filing’ hints that Apple is working on a ‘foldable’ iPhone

Apple has filed for another patent (number 20210011516) that hints that it’s working on “foldable’ iPhones (and, perhaps, iPads). It’s for a “foldable cover and display for an electronic device.”

The display layer and the cover layer would be configured to be moved between a folded configuration and an unfolded configuration by bending the cover layer along the foldable region. Methods of making a cover layer for an electronic device are also disclosed in the patent filing.

Traditionally, electronic devices have a single form factor that may be driven by the size and shape of the display. Apple notes that because many traditional displays are rigid or at least inflexible that a traditional device that is adaptable to accommodate multiple form factors includes the use of a mechanical hinge or pivot joint. 

The tech giant says that, however, these traditional configurations used for traditional notebook and tablet devices are limited by the integration and size required by a separate mechanical hinge. Apple wants to implement devices and techniques for forming portable electronic devices having a flexible cover coupled to a flexible display that don’t have the limitations or drawbacks associated with some traditional solutions. 

The foldable iPhone mock-up is courtesy of The Sun.

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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.