Today, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application (20200313111) from Apple related to a collapsible device, such as an iPhone or iPad, which includes a screen with a layer of self-healing properties.
Jack Buyer for Patently Apple:
The screen cover layer may include a layer of elastomer in the flexible area of the screen cover layer for increased flexibility. Self-healing can be initiated or accelerated by externally applied heat, light, electric current or other type of external stimulus.
When using an electronic device, the screen cover layer of the electronic device may be scratched or dented. To improve the aesthetics of the electronic device, it may be desirable to minimize the presence of scratches and dents. To reduce the number of dents, scratches or other imperfections in a screen cover layer, the screen cover layer may comprise a layer of self-healing material.
The layer of self-healing material may be formed over the entire screen cover layer or may only be formed in the flexible area of the screen cover layer. The screen cover layer may include a layer of elastomer in the flexible region of the screen cover layer for increased flexibility. The layer of self-healing material can cover the layer of elastomer in the flexible area.
MacDailyNews Take: Consumers will be interested in foldable smartphones on the day the foldable iPhone is introduced.
They are not interested in overpriced, defective suits secreted on the rubble by South Korean dishwasher manufacturers.
As with fingerprints and face recognition, when Apple debuts a foldable iPhone, foldable smartphones will have been done right. – MacDailyNews, January 17, 2019
We get to see a mess of weird attempts before Apple shows how to do it, as usual. – MacDailyNews, January 23, 2019
If and when Apple debuts with a collapsible iPhone, they will show the world how to do it and what to copy in the future. As usual. – MacDailyNews, February 27, 2019