Geeknaut reported a couple of months ago about how Apple had applied for a patent to potentially add the wheel from their Apple Watch to the new iPhone 8 model, set to be released in 2017. It’s already known that the tech giant has big plans for the release, which will mark the ten-year anniversary of the first ever iPhone. However, their latest patent application could completely change the game.
There have been huge increases in OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) screen technology lately, and that has opened up the market to the likes of curved high definition TVs . However, Apple have stuck to using LCD screen for all of their devices to date. These new rumours may mean that Apple plans on capitalising on the developments to make a phone that can completely bend in half.
You’re forgiven for having flashbacks to the phones of the late 90s or early 2000s and the massive success of the Motorola Razr, which was the most popular clamshell phone ever. However, if Apple were to go down the route of creating a folding phone, it is safe to assume that they would not want to sacrifice screen size, considering the current trend is for increasingly bigger screens. Instead, they would likely use the new technology to create a bigger net screen that can fold around a central hinge and fit in your pocket.
A patent application was also made for a three-hinge design. This could imply that they wish to use the same technology for something like the iPad, giving the device the ability to pack down to a much smaller size.
It is unclear at this point what Apple will do with their patents, perhaps they are applying for them in an attempt to stay ahead of the market and don’t actually have any plans yet to use the design. Or maybe the release of the iPhone 8 will be a total head turner and give the iPhone the total redesign so many people have been longing for. Only time will tell.