Steve Job’s Apple has filed a patent for an iPhone that may have a flexible portion that may allow the handset to be “opened and closed like a book.” This idea comes soon after a report stating that Apple was working with LG on a foldable iPhone. Apple filed for the patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2014 and was granted this month. This critical to Apple’s foldable design is the OLED panel and metallic hinge that will allow the display to be folded like clamshell mobile phones.
Apple’s patent application claimed “An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have a bending region that allows the display to bend along a bend axis when the device is folded,”
According to the previous reports, Apple has decided to execute this operation with LG and not Samsung owing to the fear that specifications could be leaked as Samsung is its arch-rival. Samsung might also launch a smartphone with foldable design till 2018, likely to be named Galaxy X. The foldable iPhone panel production could start from 2020.
At the same time, the South Korean based electronics company, LG has reportedly completed its own foldable OLED panel prototype and has been upgrading the durability and the yield rate. The company started its first OLED production for phones at its E5 plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province.