Apple’s patent has recently revealed that the company is still working on a foldable iPhone or an iPad. Touted as the iPhone of the future, these foldable designs will help Apple to establish itself again as the leading innovator in the smartphone industry. Apple’s patent went through some tweaks on February 14, and this recent development means that Apple is still seriously considering releasing a foldable gadget in the near future.
The timing of this is very interesting as Apple’s rival, Samsung is gearing up to release a new foldable smartphone next week. Apple teased about their foldable concept years ago when the company revealed that it was working on the next generation of hardware tech that will take the industry by storm.
Apple has been recently losing ground both in the American and Chinese markets, which are considered to be the biggest iPhone markets for Apple. The company has been accused of taking a back seat in the innovation department due to uninspiring designs of the iPhone X and the iPhone XS Max. Every year, Apple devices keep increasing their price tags, and with the sluggish trend in the smartphone industry, Apple’s market share has taken a beating due to stiffer competition from budget Chinese smartphone makers such as OnePlus and Xiaomi.
Apple is expecting that their foldable tech will help their company to turn around their fortunes, but developing a full-proof folding smartphone has proved to be harder than initially expected, causing delays in the launching of this phone. Even giants such as Huawei and Samsung are struggling to release a fully functioning folding smartphone, and Apple seems to be stuck in a rut as well.
The new update in Apple’s foldable concept sees that it can give people viewing access by bending like a pyramid, and it achieves this by bending in the middle. This can have implications such as allowing two players to enjoy a two-player mode game, or allowing two individuals to view TV at the same time. There are further interesting developments from their concept, such as an image which shows a spring mechanism would work to make the screen fold in half.
The patent seems to give off the impression that Apple still hasn’t arrived on a clear idea yet fort their foldable design, and the company is experimenting with some interesting ideas to see what could work for them. This concept can turn out to be a new iPhone, or an iPad, or even a new kind of MacBook. Apple is trying to future proof their ideas and securing their intellectual property so that it enjoys the sole rights to build these machines.
Recent industry trends suggest that smartphone companies are more interested to roll out 5G phones currently instead of experimenting with foldable designs. Apple might take a few years before cementing their ideas and releasing a functioning foldable smartphone. By that time Apple will have plenty of opportunities to weed out all the bugs with their design.