Apple patent filing involves an Apple Watch with a bigger, flexible display

This flexible Apple Watch concept is courtesy of Hongkiat.

Apple has filed for a patent (number 20220163997) for a “bi-stable spring with flexible display” for a future Apple Watch.

About the patent filing

The patent could also apply to other devices such as the iPhone and iPad. However, the accompanying images deal mainly with a smartwatch. In the patent, Apple says that, if care isn’t taken, electronic devices with displays “may not have a desired appearance or may be difficult to use satisfactorily.” 

For example, displays may be bulky and unattractive or may not accommodate a desired electronic device shape. One solution: wider, more flexible screens with curved surface profiles.

Summary of the patent filing

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent filing: “A wearable accessory device is disclosed. The wearable accessory device includes a flexible display coupled to a bi-stable spring. Coupling the display to the bi-stable spring allows the accessory device to be easily worn in a number of convenient locations.”

Dennis Sellers
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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.