Apple has signed a blueprint of its own collapsible smartphone in a patent application published last week. The design plans were filed back in October and show that Apple has also considered a folding phone for a while.
Yesterday, Samsung officially launched Galaxy Fold, a folding phone that costs just under $ 2000, and ran the foldable trend as the latest shift in the smartphone. Huawei has also confirmed it is planning to launch a 5G foldable phone, probably during the Mobile World Congress next week.
Apple's foldable patent application describes a screen with hinges that can be folded in half or in thirds. The screen can be used anywhere from phones and tablets to laptops, wear and even mobile accessories. "It would be desirable to be able to use flexible display technology to provide enhanced electronic devices," the company writes in the application.
The patent application simply means that the idea is out there and has not yet been approved. But there's just more evidence that Apple can work on a folding iPhone. In March, CNBC reported that a new foldable iPhone could be released in 2020, and it could probably double up as a tablet.