Apple files for patent on flexible iPhone display
by Alan Friedman / Nov 24, 2017, 2:13 AM
Interestingly, a foldable iPhone might not see the light of day until 2021. And that would come after Apple will reportedly unveil its AR headset in 2020, a device that is supposed to be even bigger than the iPhone ever was.
The title of Apple's patent is Electronic Devices with Flexible Displays. And speaking of flexible displays, the Samsung Galaxy X is supposed to grace us with a limited release next year of its foldable display. Despite all of these trials and screens with unfinished business, there is still a long way to go before consumers are downright accepting of a smartphone screen that opens to become a tablet and closes to become a phone.
source: USPTO via RedmondPie
Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015
Personally I doubt the main interest of any company is to make a phone that folds into a tablet. A large phone that can be folded in half would be what they'd aspire to first.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 2:51 AM 0
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i can't believe that this is whats accepted as a patent, no wonder companies are suing left and right, apples never made a screen but after seeing samsungs and lg's booth from 4 years or more ago they will put a patent out for something they have no idea on how to make. i remember the first mit proof of concept back in 2005
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 2:01 PM 4
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"Apple is concerned that Samsung's display division might not be able to keep its mouth shut and pass the word over to the Samsung division in charge of building the foldable Samsung Galaxy X." Why should Samsung copy Apple regarding passing of confidential information ( from Qualcomm to Intel) when they were working on flexible displays years before Apple 'invented' this idea? Anyway, this is assumption is expected from PA, so no surprise here.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 2:58 AM 13
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Did Apple claim they invented this idea?
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 5:17 AM 3
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Samsung didn't invent flexible displays. Even though they announced them earlier than Apple they did not invent the idea. LG also developed on this idea years back and so did so many other display companies.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 5:53 AM 1
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If any of you all don’t think that Samsung copies people and deals with the fallout later are completely blind. They blatantly copied apppe on the Samsung s1 and on there whole way of things going forward. That being said it’s just one patent that may never go any ware for years or if at all. If they do get a patent then the patent committee saw it as its own idea worthy of getting one.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 10:53 AM 0
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That's bull. They didn't copy it any more than Apple copied the LG Prada. The Prada and F700 coming out at the same time as the iPhone show definitively that smartphones were heading this way already. Three different companies coming out with similar designs at the same time isn't anyone copying, it's all three recognizing the trend. Samsung doesn't copy any more than Apple. In fact, if you go back to the GUI, Apple steals more.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 11:28 AM 0
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Nice patent drawings. Must be some magic involved there because they show bugger all.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 3:36 AM 2
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They must use some kind of wizardry that make USPTO grant this vague doodle patent
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 5:35 AM 3
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"We have no idea how Samsung will actually do it, but we'll file a patent for it anyway..." -Apple innovation 2017
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 7:07 AM 3
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yet again Apple is last on something that has already been LOL dumb fuks
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 9:10 AM 0
It doesn’t matter who does something first or last, what matters is who does it the best. Your comment just shows your brain doesn’t have the capability of providing any thoughts other than 5th grade insults.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 10:16 AM 0
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Flexible means something altogether different from foldable in half.
posted on Nov 24, 2017, 11:02 AM 0
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