It is believed that Apple is working on secret plans to develop its own foldable phone after the patent leak.
If the designs are real, a future iPhone could be articulated in the center, which would fold the mobile and unfold when used to enlarge the screen.
Although Apple does not think that the "Bendy" model will be released in the near future, the apparent patents seem to indicate that the American company is working on a possible future design.
The patent filing includes 24 images, showing different ways that phones could bend.
The sketches also seem to show the new features used for iPads and even Macs.
The patent states that such a device would use a flexible organic LED display, stating: "Flexible displays can be mounted on [case] overlapping the hinges.
"When the housing parts of one device rotate with one another, the flexible screen can bend.
BEND OUT OF SHAPE
"The hinge can be configured to allow the flexible screen to be placed in a front-facing configuration in which an active side of the screen faces itself or in a back-to-back configuration.
The patent was filed on October 12, 2018 but was only made public last week.
In one drawing, the screen appears folded into a pyramid, which would allow two people sitting on a table to look at the same screen.
Although filing a patent does not automatically mean that a product will never see the light of day.
The company often files patents for products that are never mass-produced or are marketed in a radically different form.
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Apple is not the only company to use a flexible phone.
Until now, Samsung seems to be the most advanced company in the development of such a device with its "Galaxy X", although most of the major mobile companies work on prototypes.
Sun Online has contacted Apple for a comment.