Every day it seems that there are rumors and leaks about another company working on a foldable phone. Xiaomi, Huawei, LG, Lenovo, Motorola are all. On Thursday, Apple has updated a patent with drawings of a foldable flip phone. This is the continuation of a patent originally filed in 2011 and updated in 2016 with a drawing of what could be a .
What makes this new update particularly interesting is the timing. Wednesday, February 20thwhen he announces his new Galaxy S10.
The new drawings show a phone that folds in half. It's a similar approachto make the phone easier to put in pocket when it is not used. seems more about the transformation of a phone into a mini-tablet.
The different ways in which Apple shows the integration of hinges and housing around a flexible OLED display to fold it are of particular interest. There are drawings of a shell design and another illustration is a tri-fold design. The drawings show flexible displays folded in and out that might indicate use in something beyond a phone such as a MacBook or an iPad.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
These new additions to Apple's patent for a flexible display do not guarantee that the company will release a collapsible iPhone dating back to 2019, but it still remains exciting to think about it.