Apple Inc., an American multinational technology company headquartered in California, has recently managed to win a new patent for foldable screen display that could be used by the tech giant in its iPhones and other devices. As per the reports of CNN, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) granted this patent to Apple, which describes a flexible or bendable, display and cover for an electronic device.
This Patent Application filed by Apple last year in January is among a series of various patent applications that the company has made around the idea of the foldable screen display. Additionally, in the past, Apple has also filed patents for a flexible display along with features of touch sensors and portions that open, and close like a notebook, as well as for a flexible iPhone which could be folded in half and grip a person’s clothes.
Moreover, earlier in 2018, Apple was successfully granted a patent for its foldable iPhone that used a flexible hinge and a fabric for its housing. This year in February, Apple had submitted a blueprint of a flexible or bendable smartphone which described a display folding in half or two-thirds. This display could be used in almost everything, ranging from smartphones and tablets to laptops, wearables, and even mobile accessories.
As per various reports, several companies, including Apple often apply for various patents that never come to fruition. Although many companies like, Samsung and Huawei have already presented their foldable displays at the MWC event which took place in Barcelona earlier this year, Apple is expected to release its flexible or bendable device in either late 2020 or early 2021.
According to Daniel Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, Apple is still very much behind Samsung when it comes to flexible and foldable smartphones; however, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold has faced many technical issues along with its expensive pricing which would prove to be an advantage to Apple.