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Apple’s Latest Patent Points To A Bendable iPhone


Another Patent, Another Rumor

Apple’s new patent has caused a stir. The Cupertino-based tech giant is always open to innovations. But this may open up new horizons in the mobile devices locality.

Apple just got a new patent approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Its blueprint resembles a standard iPhone but it has a hinge down the center. The display seems flexible.

Patent No. 9,485,862 titled “Electronic devices with carbon nanotube printed circuits”, features a bendable or fold-able design. The images show what appears to be a clamshell form factor. Resembling those used in flip phones, but in this case more similar with the Nintendo 3DS in shape .

The Patent Text Reads

An electronic device has structures such as substrates and internal housing structures. The substrates may be rigid substrates such as rigid printed circuit boards and flexible substrates such as flexible printed circuits, flexible touch sensor substrates, and flexible display substrates. Carbon nanotubes may be patterned to form carbon nanotube signal paths on the substrates. The signal paths may resist cracking when bent. A flexible structure such as a flexible printed circuit may have carbon nanotube signal paths interposed between polymer layers. Openings in a polymer layer may expose metal solder pads on the carbon nanotube signal paths. A stiffener may be provided under the metal solder pads. Polymer materials in the flexible structure may be molded to form bends. Bends may be formed along edges of a touch sensor or display or may be formed in a flexible printed circuit.”

It also says that materials such as plastic, ceramic, glass, metal and fiber components or a combination among these materials could be used to create the bendable smartphone.

The patent text also includes blueprints and diagrams. One peculiar image shows off the body of this conceptual phone. The device, in the image, seems like a rectangular notebook. The sub-header under the image reads,

FIG. 2 is a perspective view of an illustrative electronic device that bends along a flexible portion such as a flexible seam associated with a hinge in accordance with an embodiment.”

The latest patent update may have raised expectations for this device, even before it is officially revealed.

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