As Microsoft, Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc. have also researched and launched their own foldable models, Apple is also developing its own foldable iPhone. Now, foreign media Windowsunited has discovered a patent that describes different types of Apple foldable devices.
Naijatechnews learned that the patent was filed on June 18, 2020 and announced on August 10, 2020.
Apple wrote in the description: It can provide electronic equipment that contains multiple parts. The housing parts can be connected together using hinges.
The hinge includes a hinge based on a three-bar linkage, a hinge based on a four-bar linkage, a hinge with a slotted member, a hinge formed by a flexible support structure, and a hinge based on a flexible housing structure.
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The flexible display screen can be installed to the housing part overlapping the hinge; when the housing parts in the device rotate relative to each other, the flexible display screen can be bent.
The hinge is configured to allow the flexible display screen to be placed in a front-to-front or back-to-back manner, in which configuration the active side of the display faces itself. The engagement structure can be used to help the housing grasp external objects and hold the housing parts together.
The housing parts can be connected to each other by hinges. A hinge formed by a flexible support structure and a hinge based on a flexible housing structure. The flexible display screen can be installed on the housing part overlapping the hinge.
If the housing parts rotate relative to each other in the device, the flexible display will bend. The hinge may be configured to allow the flexible display to be in a front-to-front configuration with the active side of the display facing itself.
The buckle structure can be used to assist the housing to grasp external objects and fix the housing components together. The hinge part is equipped with a rotating structure, which can fix the flexible display in the desired position.
Naijatechnews understands that Apple has a large reserve of patents, so the design may not necessarily mean mass production.
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