Japan Display, a company that makes components for the iPhone, just announced a flexible LCD screen
And JDI's latest development is a curious one – an LCD screen with flexible properties. The accent is on LCD here, as this is an industry breakthrough. Previous developments in the field have been based on OLED technology, which is why all existing phones with curved screens employ AMOLED displays. As of now, this flexible LCD screen can't bend as much as an OLED alternative, but it could be cheaper to produce in large quantities. If there's demand for it, of course.
Speaking of the iPhone, Japan Display is known for providing Apple with displays for use in previous iPhone models. Hence, it would come as no surprise if its flexible display ends up in a future iPhone model. Would this be the iPhone 8, expected to launch in late 2017? Well, most likely not, even though that particular iPhone is rumored to come with a screen that wraps around its edges. JDI's curved display, as awesome as it may look, will not be reaching mass production until 2018.
patent that Apple created for an iPhone that was actually bendable/foldable. This patent leads us to believe that an iPhone or other device that you could bend and fold to some degree might become reality one day. But while the above announcement might make it sound like we're close to a foldable iPhone, that's not necessarily the case. Flexible screen tech is quite a bit different from bendable/foldable variants, and it'll likely be some time before we get a smartphone that's released to the consumer market that can actually be folded.
As we mentioned, the flexible screen tech that Japan Display has developed is more along the lines of the S7 edge and other handsets with screens that slope and curve over the edge of the handset, and while there's no doubt that this is still a very cool feature and something to keep an eye out for with 2017's iPhone release, don't start holding your breath just yet for an iPhone that you can bend.