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Apple exploring possibility to use flexible displays for future products

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Apple exploring possibility to use flexible displays for future products
Flexible displays might be closer to coming to real devices. We’ve seen demonstrations of flexible displays for years on. Samsung has been showing its flexible screens for a while now, and Sharp and LG also have developed bendable screens. Actually, LG might have gone ahead of the game with bendable screens lately and could be the first one to mass produce them.

What is interesting that Apple has now gotten serious about using the technology in its products. A recent job listing reveals Apple is explicitly searching for an expert in the field. Here is the job description of a position Apple is looking for fill in:

“Apple Inc. is looking for a Display Specialist to lead the investigation on emerging display technologies such as high optical efficiency LCD, AMOLED and flexible display to improve overall display optical performance.”

The listing has been removed shortly after the first reports appeared, but screengrabs remained as a proof. Moreover, Apple has filed numerous patents on flexible displays with the latest ones explaining a device that changes states as users bend it. Going back to the job listing, here is another requirement that hints at Apple’s future development:

“Analyze the trade-offs between design, process, optical performance, and implementation feasibility.” While this confirms Cupertino’s serious interest in bendable screens, it’s no indication of how far the company is in using the technology.

source: 9to5Mac (1), (2)

Apple exploring possibility to use flexible displays for future products

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posted on 11 Apr 2013, 02:37 5

1. emadshiny (Posts: 1127; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


OK, suppose that companies can produce flexible screens
what is the use of those screens when other parts of phone is inflexible?
maybe companies must start thinking about flexible cpus, batteries, plastics, aluminums ....

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 02:41 1

3. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)


That could be possible, but that will take a while and will cost a LOT, i mean A LOT of money to produce. But great observation, that's true!

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 02:53 4

6. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Maybe initial purpose of flexible displays would be providing shatter-proof ability to displays. When you drop any phone display is the most vulnerable to damage. With flexibility that fear will be gone.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 04:16 2

14. Jack1192 (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


are we talking about flexible display or flexible glass? cause usually the glass shatters and the display (LCD etc) is still working.

p.s. forgive my naiveness.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 04:19 1

15. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Hmm.. yours is also a valid doubt.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 08:28

20. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


If you have followed the comments on the bending iPhone 5 that still works, you would see that they have already started having such products on the market.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 03:20

9. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 494; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


They will create micro, i mean really small microscopic chips, bendable batteries, all touch buttons no physical one. water proof. etc, tell me what i'm missing?

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 16:24

26. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


you would obviously configure the components in a modular fashion so that there is room to bend ie: mother board at the top with the battery at the bottom with space in between

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 02:38 14

2. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


And the next thing you know is that Apple is going to try to patent it after it is released by other companies.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 02:45 5

4. jonartpop (Posts: 155; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


lol and they call it innovation.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 18:49 1

27. stealthd (Posts: 916; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


No, they're patenting their implementation, which would be unique, otherwise it would be invalidated. You can't just patent "flexible displays", there's more than one way to achieve that, but you can patent your unique way of achieving that.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 02:47

5. Vegaviet (Posts: 8; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


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posted on 11 Apr 2013, 03:01

7. clevername (Posts: 1428; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Flexible screens don't need flexible components. They could wrap around a spool and unwrap to have a variable size. Apple could use the tech to make a new iPod nano that wraps around your wrist like a watch. Regardless of who uses the tech, I'm excited.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 03:12 3

8. faisolbauuz (Posts: 121; Member since: 05 Jan 2013)


Isn samsung already had flexible display called youm?

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 04:04

12. illusionmist (Posts: 91; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


Because all flexible displays are the same...

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 15:00

25. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


yes but samsung is not the only one have flexible display,
Sony, Nokia and other company have flexble display tech, even Sony have the World's first flexible full colour OLED display in 2007 and World's first rollable OLED panel in 2010

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 03:38

10. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)


Well this is becoming the latest trend in the mobile industry...So Apple better adopt this technology or come up with an equivalent to stay relevant.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 03:45 4

11. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)


Apple!Please patent something new!

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 04:13

13. Jack1192 (Posts: 35; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


How can they not mention the flexible display phone showcased by Nokia (last year I think)

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 05:23

16. tryingHARD (Posts: 64; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)


i love it! that would be the most beautiful smartphone ever! glass or aluminum body, retina display or even more, and the apple logo at the back, perfect! (the logo at the back itself is enough to be PREMIUM and on TOP!)

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 06:23 1

17. TheBitterTruth (unregistered)


Thats really innovation.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 06:29 1

18. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5052; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


That's right Apple, finally you think about flexible displays right now?

That's too late, cuz Sony already showed their flexible displays in the year 2007, and Nokia in 2011, Samsung in 2012, I forgot when did LG and Sharp showed their flexible displays but they've already did it.

Apple is just too late.........But still, interesting.............. :)

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 13:12 1

23. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


and don't forget Sony also have World's first rollable OLED panel in 2010

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 18:51 1

28. stealthd (Posts: 916; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Yeah they're way too late, considering we already have all these phones that have them. . . oh wait, we don't.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 07:47

19. Aeires (unregistered)


Make flexible processor chips and I'll get excited. Until then phones will still have rigid aspects that can't be overcome.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 12:45

21. chocolaking (Posts: 428; Member since: 22 May 2012)


I hope apple come back like a king and just murder everybody.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 12:58

22. ItsMyChoice (Posts: 37; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


Nokia has flexible tech before Apple and samsung.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 13:15

24. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


sony has World's first flexible screen in 2007 and World's first rollable screen in 2010

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