Apple granted patent for foldable/bendable iPhone


Apple has been granted a patent for a foldable and/or bendable iPhone made from advanced carbon nanotube structures. Recently uncovered by Patently Apple, the patent application dates back to 2014 and describes what looks like a flexibledevice with a clam shell design. Another patent for a solely bendable phone filed back in 2013, serves as further evidence that the Cupertino giant has had continuous interest in this concept over the last couple of years.

The patent filed in 2014 uses the iPhone moniker explicitly, instead of the generic “electronic device” or derivatives of it, and contains illustrations of both the familiar iPhone design (not pictured), albeit in very simplified form, as well as concept drawings for a new, foldable device that may also have a bendable display.

The documents also offer some details regarding the possible materials of which this iPhone of the future could be made, mentioning ceramic, glass, fiber, aluminum, and plastic as possible contenders, but explicitly names carbon nanotubes as the material that would make the foldable design possible: 



These patents are proof that Apple is showing some interest in bendable/foldable devices, but should not be taken as a clear indication that the next iPhone, or any future Apple phone for that matter, would sport this type of design.

Other major phone makers, such as LG and Apple’s main rival Samsung, have also expressed interest in foldable smartphones in the past year, with rumors claiming that next year will see the technology used in mass-produced mobile devices.

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25 Comments

1. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

But they already released a bendable phone

10. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

But I want a universally explosive phone. Its quite hotter than a bendable phone tbh

11. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

But I want a universally explosive phone. Its quite hotter than a bendable phone tbh

16. shahinctg123

Posts: 39; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

nothing new... not surprising... iPhone 6 was their first bendable phone!!! ;) (ibend-bendgate)

2. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

A patent, despite others having already proven and prototyped bendable phones that bend this way....geeze.

15. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

This patent is credible. They already brought bendable iPhones to the market 2 years ago.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"and contains illustrations of both the familiar iPhone design". but it's a rectangle, a super simple rectangle with 4 lines, and 4 sides.. no rounded corner, no button, no speaker, no camera, totally nothing... and yet, he said "familiar iPhone design".

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

btw, that pic looks like it have 2 separate screens, iPhone DS?

6. wando77

Posts: 1167; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Agreed.... that has TWO seperate screens

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

The other one is just a mirror. You'll have to touch to see which one is.

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Wait whut, patent for a bendable phone? They already have bendable phones......wait I see where this is going. If customers return because their iphone is bending Apple can say sorry that is the design we hold a patent..........

7. sukrith2194 unregistered

Wait didn't apple already make a bendable phone before? If I remember correctly it was the iPhone 6 and 6+!

9. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Looks more than familiar: http://www.androidheadlines.com/2015/09/samsung-files-another-patent-foldable-phone.html And this is from a concept video dating from over 3 years ago:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKG7XRsG9KQ

14. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Once again they will copy Samsung. The patent should not have been allowed by Apple since Samsung had a patent for it already. I thought that was what patents were for, so others could not do the same thing. That is why Apple sued Samsung for rounded corners.

25. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup, they apparently already had a working concept just don't think it was ever practical, but patents as is, doesn't really require people to build what they patent, which is the insane part, come up with something, patent it, if someone else later makes something similar, demand pay.

12. guests

Posts: 196; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Wow, this might be the first time apple patented something after they released the actual product (ip6+).. good job apple.

13. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 26, 2011

20. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

apple will sue them... /s

18. JohnCool

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 03, 2016

I’m an iPhone user. About a month ago my apple ID was shown me following error! Your apple ID has been disabled! After that problem, I gone to apple website and checked the iPhone support page and I find three guides and it’s not match with my problem! I searched very website to solve this, but can’t find good tricks! I reset my apple ID password with rescue email address last week and go to AppStore to updates my apps and see that problem! How to fix this ASAP? Thanks.

21. AlikMalix unregistered

Never hear of or had the issue. But quick google search gives you an exact place to go: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204106

22. JohnCool

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 03, 2016

I try this article many times, but anything never changed! can you tell me another way? thanks AlikMalix

19. ebilcake

Posts: 1221; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Another worthless patent granted in the US, shocking news is shocking.

23. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Samsung (YOUM display), LG and other Chinese OEM showed us a prototype but where is Apple's? Apple don't deserved the patent. I can smell iPhoneArena in here as well.

24. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

iPhoneArena is trying so hard to make us to believe that Apple had the idea first. The patent application dates back 2013, 2014 and blah blah blah.

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