As Samsung continues its figure out its Galaxy Fold problems, a recent patent suggests we might be getting closer to seeing Apple’s version of a foldable device. On Tuesday, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to Apple for a “foldable cover and display for an electronic device.”
There are no specifics on whether this display will be for a new iPhone, iPad or other Apple product, but instead, it’s listed as just for an electronic device. The patent shows displays folded in a handful configurations, some with multiple bends.
CNN Business reports:
Companies, including Apple, often patent ideas that never come to fruition, and the item described in an application doesn’t necessarily have to be feasible for the patent to be granted.
The application was filed in January 2018 and is among a series of patent applications Apple has made around the idea of a foldable display. Patently Apple was the first to report that the patent had been granted.
“Foldable phones and 5G represent the next generation of smartphones in the coming years,” said Daniel Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities.
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