According to an exclusive leak by Patently Apple, Apple has filed a detailed document with the US Patent and Trademark office, about an upcoming device that could be folded. The company has also filed a few patents for its foldable iPhone including for the technology behind the flexible display, hinge, control circuitry and new squeezable pressure sensors.
In the patents, Apple has explained a system as to how the foldable display will work in combination with the circuitry to intelligently detect when a user is performing open and closed form factors on iPhone. These actions will trigger different operating modes and the use of pressure sensors in a flexible display and chassis as a way to register inputs.
Apple in its latest patents has also requested to copyright new flexible chassis materials and breakthrough techniques to bend glass displays.
Popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has tipped that an ‘all-new form factor design’ for the iPhone might come in early 2020.
Launched in September, the iPhone 11 features a 6.1-inch LCD display and comes with Apple’s proprietary TrueTone colour optimisation system. At the front, there is a 12MP TrueDepth camera, and the phone is water and dust resistant up to 2 meters for a maximum time of 30 minutes. The smartphone is powered by the A13 Bionic chipset which Apple claims that it is the ‘fastest CPU and GPU’ available on a smartphone. The iPhone 11 is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB variants, in five purple, green, yellow, black, white colours along with a special PRODUCT (RED).