A new patent granted to Apple today, discovered by Patently Apple, shows that the company is exploring a folding concept iPhone, have proposed the confirmation of rumors.
It was believed that Apple was investigating iPhone folding designs from 2013, but the new data shows that the company is still serious about making this concept a reality at some point.
The new patent was filed on August 28, but was officially awarded to Apple today. Patently Apple said the company was able to keep its latest iPhone patent folding under wraps by using the name of an engineer during the submission process. The patent uses explicitly the iPhone moniker (instead of referring to it as a generic “electronic device”) and shows some drawings that the current design that we all know, including the start iconic.
The interesting the patent in the description of the materials that can be used to create future iPhone, Explicitly describes an iPhone case that can be made of glass, ceramics, fiberglass, aluminum or plastic, which is not very different from what is currently used. The real disclosure, however, is in the description of the patent, “carbon nanotubes” which allow the iPhone literally doubled in half down the middle.
This is what the patent says:
The conductive paths carbon nanotubes may signal pathways that are molded flexible and resistant to cracking. The carbon nanotubes structures can be incorporated into signal cables, such as flexible cables, printed circuit boards rigid printed circuit, printed circuit board including rigid sections with flexible tails (sometimes called “flex-rigid”), parts of structures, display sensors, such as arrays of capacities touch sensors for display or cushions track, structures camera, antenna structures, housing structures, structures of internal devices, electrical components, substrates, media, housing walls, other structures or combinations of these structures.
The patent goes on to say that the future device “may have a hinge or other flexible connection” and, of course, shows an image of this concept. While this sounds horribly wrong, Apple’s main rival, Samsung, although looking similar technology and designs. Patently Mobile Samsung has patented many designs of folding phone, created to keep track of them all one big file.
Do not expect to see a foldable iPhone anytime soon, however. It is important to remember that not all patents, products, and even if patents are used in the time in real life products, it takes years to see the light of day. So do not wait for a folding iPhone because the iPhone 7 has been great, even without the ability to fold in half.