If 2017 was all about smartphones with bezel-less displays, will the next year’s innovation to take over the world of mobile devices be foldable displays? Well, Samsung has already hinted that it might be the first company to commercially launch a flexible handset. And now it looks like Apple has joined the race with the US Patent & Trademark Office today publishing an Apple patent application for a foldable display. The Cupertino-based consumer technology giant filed the patent application last week that details its research into electronic devices with flexible display screens. This follows earlier rumors that Apple was working with LG on a future foldable iPhone.
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The patent application states that the technology of foldable display is related to any kind of electronic device that has a screen, like a “laptop computer, a tablet computer, a cellular telephone, a wristwatch, or other electronic device (e.g., a portable device, handheld device, etc.).” A smartphone with flexible display has the potential to completely change the industry. Imagine a smartphone in your pocket which will not suffer from a cracked screen when dropped; now, how cool is that! But don’t get all excited already; it’s just a patent application and it might be years before the technology finds its way to commercially available iPhone.