Apple Patents Foldable Device With Movable Flaps to Prevent Display From Creasing

Apple this week has been granted a patent for a foldable device with a unique hinge mechanism that utilizes movable flaps to help prevent the display from being creased or damaged when folded.


Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today, the patent explains that the hinge mechanism would ensure adequate separation between the first and second portions of the display. When the device is unfolded, movable flaps would extend to cover the gap, and then retract when the device is folded.

Early foldable smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X have noticeable creases along the bending portion of the display. Motorola's new foldable Razr avoids this issue with a unique hinge design, but early reviews indicate the device makes creaking sounds when opened or closed.


All in all, it is still early days for foldable smartphones, with lots of room for innovation. Apple has certainly shown an interest in the category with several patents for foldable devices and mechanisms over the past few years, but it remains to be seen if the company ever releases a foldable iPhone or iPad.



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2 weeks ago
I hope this fixes the issue with my current iPad Pro. It is not bendable enough.
Rating: 38 Votes
2 weeks ago
I'd would have rather have self-folding clothes especially out of the dryer!
Rating: 23 Votes
2 weeks ago


You’re not folding it right!

I can't understand how people think these posts pass for comedy. It's the most tired joke of all Apple time.

Regarding the post, patents don't mean production.
Rating: 23 Votes
2 weeks ago
Can’t wait for this stupid foldable trend to go away!!!
Rating: 21 Votes
2 weeks ago


I really want no part of this, and I don't think anyone else does either. Beyond morbid curiosity, no one actually wants this product.


Brooo listen to yourself lmao. You’re judging a PATENT. You have no idea what this would even be.

Haven’t you guys learned to actually, ya know... wait until Apple actually releases stuff before judging?

Holy moly Lol.
Rating: 12 Votes
2 weeks ago
I really want no part of this, and I don't think anyone else does either. Beyond morbid curiosity, no one actually wants this product.
Rating: 11 Votes
2 weeks ago
et tu brute?
Rating: 10 Votes
2 weeks ago
You’re folding it wrong!
Rating: 10 Votes
2 weeks ago


I really want no part of this, and I don't think anyone else does either. Beyond morbid curiosity, no one actually wants this product.


The arrogance of that statement absolutely floors me. The unmitigated gall... Who are you to say what anyone else wants? YOU don't want it. Fine. Don't buy it (if it ever makes it into a product). I've been watching the reviews of foldable and loving what I've seen. An iPhone 11 sized device that unfolds to be nearly iPad Mini sized is exactly what I want.
Rating: 9 Votes
2 weeks ago
ok, hopefully this will be for a foldable ipad. if apple go into the foldable phone business, i'm going to cry.
Rating: 8 Votes

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