Samsung deleted the opportunity to become the first major smartphone provider to launch a collapsible handset, as Galaxy Fold proved to have some design flaws that compromised the screens during normal use. It's not that Samsung had the best folding phone design out there, but the Korean giant has been at the forefront of foldable smartphone hype for many years.
We've been waiting for two years for the Galaxy Fold to arrive, but Samsung was holding the push launch event as it still perfect the phone's design and software. Creating foldable phones, as it turns out, is not easy, and the Galaxy Fold's early accident is proof of that. On the other hand, Samsung deserves some praise for pushing the envelope when it comes to new form factors. Someone had to do it, regardless of risk.
But Samsung is almost not alone, as everyone else in the business is working on such devices, including Huawei, which revealed its Mate X while Galaxy Fold. One of these companies is Apple, which has been rumored to work on folding iPhones for a while. Such a radical design change is not expected for a few years, but it looks more and more like Apple has enough time to study collapsible devices.
The iPhone manufacturer was only granted a patent for a Collapsible Cover and Display for an Electronic Device (US Patent No. 1
19659002]. But the patent seems to indicate that Apple has given the subject a large mindset, as collapsible devices may have several advantages over traditional electronics, whether they are smartphones or laptops:
Traditionally, electronic devices have a single form factor that can drive of the screen size and shape. Because many traditional displays are rigid or at least not flexible, a traditional unit that is adaptable to accommodate multiple form factors is the use of a mechanical hinge or swing bracket. However, these traditional configurations used for traditional laptops and tablet devices are limited by the integration and size required of a separate mechanical hinge.
Embodiments described herein are directed to devices and techniques for forming portable electronic devices having a flexible cover coupled to a flexible shield that does not have limitations or disadvantages associated with any conventional solutions.
Documentation not only reveals potential designs for flexible iPhones and iPads, but also goes into detail on how to create flexible covers to ensure they both work as
Apple Source: Apple via USPTO
Apple suggests collapsible devices that can have as many as two hinges and three different screen portions that can be folded in an "S" shape, or a "G" shape, seen in these drawings NGS. Furthermore, Apple explains that several areas of the screens could be used at different times and that the device could be partially unfolded to increase the available screen size.
The patent looks at various techniques for making flexible cover sheets, showing multiple ceramic materials that can be used on the collapsible screens, including chemically reinforced glass, sapphire or zirconium chloride. What is interesting is that Apple focuses on glass / ceramics to produce the cover instead of other materials, while phones like Galaxy Fold and Mate X do not have glass displays.
The document also looks at ways to ensure that the finished product has a smooth surface, one that will enhance the appearance of the device and user experience.
Finally, the patent focuses on the front of the collapsible device, which means that it does not contain any details of the other. important part of increased flexibility Le gadget: The hinge. Then again, this is not Apple's only flexible device patent – just another piece in the flexible iPhone puzzle. That said, we have to wait and see if Apple will launch a folding iPhone or iPad in the near future that will take advantage of some of the inventions described in this patent.