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Apple Granted New Patent For a Folding iPhone
« on: October 22, 2018, 07:08:26 PM »
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark published Apple's second granted patent for Apple's folding iPhone.

Apple filed the 10,104,787 patent in September 20, 2016, and was posted on the US Patent and Trademark Office website a couple of days ago.

Below is the abstract of the "Flexible display devices" patent:

Electronic devices may be provided that contain multiple housing portions. The housing portions may be coupled together using hinges. The hinges may include hinges based on a three-bar linkage, hinges based on a four-bar linkage, hinges with slotted members, hinges formed from flexible support structures, and hinges based on flexible housing structures. Flexible displays may be mounted to the housing portions overlapping the hinges. When the housing portions in a device are rotated relative to each other, the flexible display may bend. The hinge may be configured to allow the flexible display to be placed in a front-to-front configuration in which an active side of the display faces itself or a back-to-back configuration. Engagement structures may be used to help the housing grip external objects and to hold the housing portions together. The hinges may be provided with rotational detents to help hold the flexible display in desired positions.



Some key patent figures are illustrated below:



In patent FIG. 10, the device with a flexible display has a hinge that is based on a four-bar linkage configuration

. FIG. 11 illustrates a side view of a device where the housing has been manipulated to place the display in a back-to-back configuration.

In FIG. 22 which is another back-to-back configuration, but instead of using a hinge mechanism, Apple notes that the engagement could use magnetic structures, hook-and-loop fasteners, hook and notch structures and/or other mating structures.

In the FIG. 23 and FIG. 24 you can see a device in a tri-fold configuration with a two hinge construction...
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Re: Apple Granted New Patent For a Folding iPhone
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2018, 07:21:09 AM »
So we're going back to flip phones. Got it!
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Re: Apple Granted New Patent For a Folding iPhone
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2018, 06:52:19 PM »
lol.  funny titan.  good point you made there but at least this flip phone is made of the entire screen instead of half screen half buttons when flip open.