Apple receives a patent from the USPTO for devices with a flexible display

Apple receives a patent from the USPTO for devices with a flexible display
The USPTO revealed today that it has issued a patent to Apple for a smartphone that can be folded in half thanks to a flexible display. Patent number 9,504,170 was assigned to Apple for the patent titled Flexible Display Devices. When the phone is not in use, the screen folds up like a clamshell device thanks to a hinge that connects both halves of the screen. The hinge is designed to allow for a front-to front or back-to-back configuration.

Apple will use flexible Printed Circuit Boards to connect the inner workings of the two halves. Rollers can be used to help reel in the screen or dispense it out while the hinge is in use. While Apple is expected to offer a premium 10th anniversary iPhone model next year with a flexible OLED display, the thinking is that Apple won't stray from the current design. If Apple does take a risk, it most likely would be with a glass display covering close to 100% of the phone's body. Touch ID would be embedded in the screen. Apple currently has a back up virtual home button on the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus that works the same way if the regular home button fails.

Check out images directly from the USPTO's documentation. Simply click on the slideshow below.


source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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53 Comments

1. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Well Another invention to litigate. Sammy will will definitely copy this for sure.

2. Unordinary unregistered

What? Lol. Both companies have had patents like this for years lmao.

10. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'Both companies' ???? Are you insane? While Sammy really innovate there, Apple just fill up, imaginary ''patents'' with no idea how to. Apple is just a pathetic, helpless joke, when it comes to innovation/ I guess QWIKSTRIKE was sarcastic.

48. Unordinary unregistered

14 oblivious ignorant fanboys spotted

49. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You have guessed correctly....

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

iDiot #1

13. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

iDiot #2

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You shouldn't talk about yourself, it's bad for you.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

http://www.patentlymobile.com/3b-samsung-flex-displays/ You mean like the fact Samsung showed flexible displays, and the first phone I know that has it is the Note 4? Oh and it happens to be thst the S6 edge, s7 edge and Note 7 already have flexible displays? Oh and these are all sold and working products when Apple has none?!

11. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Samsung did not invent Flexible Displays you idiot. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flexible_display

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I never said they did. They did however make their own, which means its a first party product. First party meaning, they made their own and patented their own concept for creation. I never said they invented anything. So that makes you an idiot for not even reading what I said and jumping to conclusions about what it meant. I said patents should only be given to first parties. A first party does not mean first inventor. Comprehension failure and so quick to correct someone who wasn't even wrong in the first place. Dummy!

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung makes displays, Apple buys displays and put them in their phones. Big difference. Who should get the patent? The company who makes it. I never said Apple or Samsung invented flexible displays. if I did...SHOW ME! Good luck you blind retarded trolling hypo-creten!

45. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I googled the word "hypo-creten" and look what I found: https://www.google.com/search?client=lightning&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=hypo-creten

47. kiko007

Posts: 7505; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol......

51. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Hahahahaha. And herevobthpight I made up a word. I was just trying to short hypocrite and Crete. Who would have known. I actually going to study up on the details of what the definition is.

50. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Apple didn't invent touch screens either, but they collect royalties on a patent that the USPTO has invalidated!

17. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Samsung from 2013 and 2014 called:http://www.sciencealert.com/images/nov-15/giphy.gif

25. Papa_Ji

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Apple is still busy in making drawing of foldable phone in paper while SAMSUNG is already capable of mass producing foldable smartphone....

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't think Apple patent is for a flexible display. It looks like the patent is a concept of how they could potentiallbuse a flexible displaybthatbtheybeither buy from Samsung or LG and put in their own device. Which in this case is normal because ever company who would make such a device, would need tonlatnet their own co cost. Microsoft also had a patent for making a folding device which was once called the Courier. I think the co cost was placed on hold due to manufacturing restrictions. Like there wasn t ant folding displays back then. I am hoping someone even if it is Apple, who actually makes a proof of concept device that is less gimmicky, less about looks and more about function over form. Samsung has did a good job, but the concept right now is a gimmicky physical design concept and not what I would really like to see. But it is a start. They bent the display, they added some type of software tool to make use of it. But its more of a design omprovement. I would like to see a phone that could unfold to a medium size tablet or similar. A drawing is a concept. Apple does make items in-house to finalize designs, but .manufacturing is done by someone else. SAMSUNG Does design, proof of concept and can make a final product.

30. bolosantosi

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

Never go full retard

36. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Most major companies have had patents for this type of product. The only difference is Apple will sell half the screen and then the other half will be an accessory you have to purchase that connects via a dongle.

40. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

samsung already had a foldable design in the works for a couple of years now LOL...samsung can do more inhouse innovation and production than can apple. the foldable apple phone was inspired by samsungs foldable design from a year or two ago LOL

46. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

You do realise Samsung already had a working version engineering/prototype, but still yes? its not ready for market or anything last I checked, probably has very low durability and whatnot, easy to break, but they have something physical that is working?

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Whose copying who now? Where are all the hypocritical fanboys who claim Samsung copies. Who had flexible screens first. I am curious as tonhos Apple can patent such, when they don't even make displays. They buy them third party. Shouldn't parents be on my given to first parties?

9. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

You are so dumb. Are you really going to act as if Samsung was the first company to create a flexible display? Look, I don't even like Apple, but you always are trying to make Samsung look like the best company in the world and claim Apple is crap. If you are going to do this, actually get your damn facts straight before posting another illogical statement. All you do is troll on here bashing on companies, when you can't form one logical thought. Let's even assume Apple is going to copy samsung. WHO CARES!?! All of the companies in existence within the technology sector copy each other and figure out ways to advance technology. You, as an apparent tech fan, should appreciate this as copying is one of the best forms of flattery. But no, a troll like you is too silly and dumb to understand a relatively simple concept such as this.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Again, I never said they were first. But they were first compared to Apple. And since you all like to flame about Samsung copying apple on something, now its reversed. Apple is copying someone...oh wait...AGAIN! And as usual very late to the party.

33. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't have rontry to make Samsung be the best company in the world using your words. However, and company that designs and makes their own stuff is better than a company that only designs. Seeing that the Samsung we are talking about designs and makes phones,you ,cpus, modems, appliances, tv's and more; certainly makes them better than Apple and put them on the same scale as Microsoft, Sony, LG and more. Anyone can draw on paper. Apple also does have an in-house shop to tool concepts and finalize designs. They only don't have the ability to mass produce. Which there is nothing wrong with that.

38. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

No, Apple did not create flexible displays, any type of display. Apple contracts companies like LG and Samsung who have deep r&d in display technology and they also use in tv manufacturing. Sony used to also provide SLCD in the past. Almost every phone out there is using one of their displays. Samsung of course is one of the biggest suppliers of AMOLED displays and LG is big with IPS. If Apple did really develop their own TV maybe they would put R&D into this tech but it's doubtful.

12. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Lol, my thoughts exactly...... Sammy has an S8 that will be borderless, Apple follows that, and now foldable screens. Apple seems to be copying and patenting more than leading and innovating. I guess ios users want larger screens too

27. ctdog4748

Posts: 797; Member since: Mar 05, 2016

Be honest, do you suffer from some sort of organic brain damage? Do you really think Apple just calls a third party and say "bruh, we need sum dem AMOLED screens for r next eye phone." Dimwit, Apple develops their own AMOLED screen technology AND THEN FARMS OUT THE ACTUAL BUILDING OF THE PRODUCT!!!!!! Kinda like with the awesome A10 chip. They developed it from mask to final component connection THEN FARMED IT OUT TO BE BUILT!!!!!

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