The iPhone X release is just around the corner, but it looks like Apple is preparing far ahead into the future with plans of making a radically designed device that will change smartphones as we know it.
Rumors suggest that Apple is already working on a foldable iPhone that we might see sometime in 2020.
This is based on a patent which the company filed recently and details some of the initial specifications of the rumored device. The patent application is subtly named “Electronic devices with displays” although a closer look at the information betrays the title’s simplicity.
“An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have edge portions that are joined along a flexible middle portion. The flexible middle portion may overlap a bend axis and may be bent about the bend axis,” it read.
This development coincides with reports that Apple is partnering up with LG to further develop foldable screen technology, a move that’s assumed to prevent Samsung from getting wind of sensitive tech information from their competitor given the fact that the South Korean conglomerate is also Apple’s main smartphone screen provider.
Samsung for its part has stated that it plans to launch their own version of a foldable smartphone, currently called the Samsung Galaxy X, sometime in 2018.
Check out this concept from 2014:
Through the years, numerous tech firms have expressed strong interest in creating products with flexible technology. The main problem remains to be the limited amount of product testing done, but this will now change with major players like Apple and Samsung joining the foldable smartphone race.