The foldable smartphone craze is about to go really wild soon but for now, it’ll be better for Samsung to enjoy its dominance while it can as multiple reports continues to surface especially on the internet about other big brands like Apple and Google wanting a bite of that sweet-sweet foldable smartphone market.
Apple has reportedly filed a number of patents all pertaining to a foldable device which further indicates the company might eventually release a foldable smartphone in the very near future.
The company is said to have made an update to one of its design patents which had earlier been granted the title “Electronic devices having sliding expandable displays”. The update includes toning down some of the key details but throws more light on some other parts. The overall design remains the same.
The patent explains what the possible iPhone Fold will look like. Details gathered showed there will be a flexible display that will be stored within an interior region of the device which can then be expanded.
“In the unexpanded state, the flexible display may have one or more bends and may double back on itself one or more times,” the patent description added.
It’s in fact highly possible that Apple is already working on a prototype that may help create the data needed to alter the granted patent after testing.
Just like the previous foldable iPhone designs, this version is credited to three inventors. That includes Michael B. Wittenberg, whose other related work includes a proposal that such a folding iPhone could use geared hinges.
Whatever the naming of the device is when it finally becomes an actual consumer product, the possibility of Apple making one in 2022 might be slim but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.