While the ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X took the spotlight in February, Apple might also be preparing, at least on paper, for a foldable smartphone future.
According to CNET, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent on May 29th to Apple’s application regarding a ‘Foldable Cover and Display for an Electronic Device.’ The application was filed on February 1st, 2017. The patent shows the flexible screen can bend in multiple ways, including the ability to sustain more than one bend.
This isn’t the first time Apple has patented a design for a bendable electronic device. CNET reported that the Cupertino, California-based tech giant also recently updated one of its old patents for a foldable clamshell phone.
For the time being, when will Apple join the foldable smartphone arms race is anyone’s guess.
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