Is This Apple’s First : Mobile phones with foldable flexible screens are now becoming a trend in the smartphone industry. Several mobile phone vendors such as Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola have released their respective foldable phone lines. Apple did not want to be left behind. Since 2020, Apple has reportedly patented several phone designs with foldable screens.
Most recently, Apple has reportedly bagged a patent from the US Patent Office (USPTO) on November 16, 2021. Instead of a smartphone, Apple is patenting a foldable device that looks like an iPad tablet. The device is said to be collapsible with a scheme like closing a book.
Referring to Apple’s patent filed since February 2020, the design of Apple’s latest folding device consists of two separate main screens, but united using an internal hinge. This concept is said to be similar to the Microsoft Surface Neo device. In its unfolded state, the iPad-like folding device is reported to provide three usage modes.
The first is the independent mode, where users can use the two screens to access two different things at the same time.
Second, there is a “joint operating mode” mode. This mode allows users to use this foldable device like a tablet. As a result, images and all files that are opened during joint operating mode will be displayed in the full screen version (two screens). Either the first or second mode is available when the device is stretched,
Because it is equipped with two separate screens, when in notebook mode, one side of the screen will act as the main screen. While the other side of the screen will act as a virtual keyboard. Unfortunately, the company based in Cupertino, United States itself is still silent about the existence of an iPhone/iPad design with a folding screen. Since 2016 Before the design of this folding device was published, various leaked images and different patent documents have been circulating on the internet.
Rumors of the existence of the first folding device made by Apple have actually appeared since 2016. However, until now Apple has not released a single folding screen device. In early 2021, rumors of the presence of Apple’s first folding device resurfaced. Jon Prosser, a YouTuber who often leaks Apple products accurately, had mentioned that Apple was preparing a foldable phone aka “Foldable iPhone”.
The foldable iPhone is said to have a shape similar to the Android Galaxy Z Flip folding phone made by Samsung. According to a pocket-lint media outlet report, the Foldable iPhone will have a 7.5-8-inch screen and will launch in 2023. However, the existence of this Foldable iPhone is still a mystery, because there has been no confirmation whatsoever from Apple.