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.

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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.

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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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Top Rated Comments

seatton Avatar
58 months ago
I hope this fixes the issue with my current iPad Pro. It is not bendable enough.
Score: 38 Votes (Like | Disagree)
synergize Avatar
58 months ago
I'd would have rather have self-folding clothes especially out of the dryer!
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Baymowe335 Avatar
58 months 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.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rmoliv Avatar
58 months ago
Can’t wait for this stupid foldable trend to go away!!!
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
newyorksole Avatar
58 months 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.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PastaPrimav Avatar
58 months 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.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)