Apple iPhone crystal ball says … “Expect iPhone to echo the past”
Apple Inc. is under immense pressure to come up with a new or innovative product worthy of Steve Jobs’ “Insanely Great” slogan. It looks like Microsoft is coming from behind to steal the show from innovation by unveiling its Surface Studio, Surface Dial and VR headsets, among others. However, contrary to what the critics would have you believe, Apple is still very active in creating innovative devices.
The latest news on Apple’s innovative spirit surfaced on Tuesday when news broke that the company had got a patent for a future foldable or foldable iPhone. Could Apple really consider something like the “flip phone” that Motorola introduced to us in the 1990s? Probably not.
The iPhone has undergone many changes since the death of Steve Jobs. It got bigger, thinner and smaller again, but the most noticeable changes occurred in the internal specifications of the device. Now Apple wants to take a drastic form factor to build an iPhone that you can fold or fold in half.
Here’s what we know about Apple’s foldable iPhone
Apple has clearly signaled Apple Inc. started work on making a foldable iPhone as early as 2013 when it filed for a European patent. More so, Apple has kept the US patent for the foldable iPhone a secret because it filed the patent application on behalf of one of its engineers, Hoellwarth Quin. The concept of the foldable iPhone requires the device to use carbon nanotubes as signal pathways for a flexible form factor. The patent filing notes that “conductive carbon nanotube paths can form flexible, crack-resistant signal paths.”
One of the main selling points of a foldable iPhone is that the device will have flex sensing components that translate deformations into commands. Therefore, folding the device together can unlock it, a twist can change the mode, a squeeze in some areas can control the volume, another pinch can open apps, and you can make calls or do other tasks without having to. to browse a screen.
More so, a flexible iPhone will solve the big problems associated with damaged devices after impact when they fall or hit an object. The iPhone is a beautiful device, but you will tempt fate if you use it in its “naked” state without a sleeve; however, the sleeve largely hides the beauty of the device. However, a foldable iPhone will be better equipped to survive impacts and drops as it could bend or bend to absorb impacts.
However, Apple Inc. will likely use one or a mixture of some of the materials currently used to make mobile devices. The company notes that it will use moldable materials such as fiber composites, plastics, aluminum, thin metal or thin glass for the foldable iPhone.
Foldable iPhone might never hit the market
Still, you should note that Apple only got a patent for a foldable iPhone design, but the patent doesn’t necessarily mean the company will build a foldable iPhone. Even if Apple goes ahead to build such a device, the device might not hit the market in the next couple of years – and even then the end product could be very different from the device described in this article. . In the meantime, it would be interesting to see how the rest of the smartphone industry reacts to a massive changes in the next iPhone.