Apple may be on their way to creating something truly spectacular in the iPhone 8.
The iPhone turns 10 next year, and it’s very possible Apple is going outside the box to celebrate the landmark. The tech giants have secured patents that indicate that the iPhone’s next installment might just be bendable.
According to the patent, the company plans to use carbon nanotubes to let the iPhone fold completely in half. It was published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Monday. Apple is said to have begun researching into this patent in 2013, and it seems they are finally ready to actualize it.
It doesn’t seem like Apple’s the only one thinking of this concept, with main rivals Samsung also reported to have filed similar patents. Apple’s patent is titled “electronic devices with carbon nanotube printed circuits,” and the accompanying diagram shows what the company expects to achieve with it.
The patent itself reads:
Conductive carbon nanotube paths can form signal paths that are flexible and resistant to cracking. The carbon nanotube structures may be incorporated into signal cables such as flexible printed circuit cables, rigid printed circuit boards, printed circuits that include rigid portions with flexible tails (sometimes referred to as “rigid flex”), portions of display structures, portions of touch sensors such as capacitive touch sensor arrays for displays or track pads, camera structures, antenna structures, housing structures, internal device structures, electrical components, substrates, brackets, housing walls, other structures, or combinations of these structures.
It’s actually plausible, when you consider that Apple is a firm that likes to consider itself an innovator. In the latest iPhone, the company made a bold statement by totally removing the earphone jack.
Foldable technology isn’t exactly new, with many laptops, such as the Lenovo Yoga series, being able to bend in any degree.