Apparently, mainstream mobile phone manufacturers have basically launched their own folding screen products. such as Samsung making this technology popular. Following closely are Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola, Oppo, etc., all of which have been updated this year. According to the latest reports, Apple will also release a new generation of folding screen mobile phones next. If the reports making the rounds are anything to go by, Apple is set to launch self-healing folding screen iPhones.
Menace of Creases on Folding Phones Lingers
When it comes to folding screen mobile phones, creases have always been a topic that cannot be avoided, and this is also a problem that manufacturers have been working hard to solve.
Apple, although it does not yet have its own folding screen phone, boasts of having a solution to the crease problem.
Apple to Launch Self-Healing Folding Screen iPhones
Recently, a new Apple patent titled “Electronic Device with Flexible Display Covering Layer” has been exposed. The patent describes ways to both minimize damage to foldable devices and self-heal when damage occurs.
According to Apple’s patent, an electronic device equipped with a hinge can be bent about a bending axis, and the display screen spans the bending axis. And to mitigate the number of dents, scratches, or other defects in the display cover, a self-healing material will be used to cover the display.
Apple says the material can be made from “elastomers” to further improve flexibility. While self-healing can occur without cues and without external intervention, the process can also be initiated or accelerated by applying external stimuli, such as heat, light, electricity, etc.
It sounds a bit like the logic of a “memory mattress”, which can change the hardness according to the body temperature, and when the pressure is removed, it will slowly return to its original state.
When Will Apple Foldable Phones Be Released?
For a couple of years, apple fans have been waiting for the release of the first apple foldable phone. As for whether this patent will appear at all, or when it will appear, it’s hard to say.
Up till this moment, there is no news about when Apple’s first folding screen iPhone will be released.
However, there are many whistleblowers who have drawn the appearance renderings of the folding screen iPhone according to the relevant patents. I have selected two groups for your reference.
The first is the more mainstream horizontal folding scheme, as shown below:
Rumoured Scheme of Apple’s Vertical folding and Flip-Up iPhones
The logic of the two folding solutions is completely different. The first, when folded, will turn a “tablet” into a regular-sized mobile. This will not only bring a large-screen reading experience but also solves the problem of portability.
The second is to turn a normal-sized mobile phone into “a smaller version without the full screen” by folding, which is more like the evolution of a flip phone.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Upcoming Apple Folding phones
Of course, there are no advantages or disadvantages between these two folding solutions.
The choice will depend on everyone’s preferences. As for which one to choose, I personally think that the first option is more likely. It is an iPad when unfolded and an iPhone when it is folded.
With its advantages in software adaptation, it should reduce the feeling of separation when switching between the two states.
So, what kind of folding scheme do you think Apple’s first folding screen iPhone will use?