Folding phones seem to be the next thing in smartphone tech. With manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei already having folding smartphones in the market, it seems like Apple is also looking to get a piece of that pie. Now, since we’re talking Apple, the Cupertino-based giant is said to be looking at folding smartphones a little differently. An Apple patent published on the US Patent and Trademark Office reveals an idea of a ‘self-healing’ smartphone. The patent, filed by Apple in January this year, talks about “Electronic Devices With Flexible Display Cover Layers” with “self-healing” properties. The patent was filed on January 28. It named the inventors of the technology, along with the applicant name (Apple Inc), and the application number.
In the filing, Apple says that the self-healing material, which could be placed
Mobile News: Motorola’s just-announced Razr 5G is better than its predecessor in every way that matters, including camera performance, processing power, functionality, and more
B&H is excited to announce the latest foldable smartphone from Motorola: the Razr 5G. Outshining its predecessor in almost every single way, the Razr 5G features a vastly improved camera setup, faster performance, and greater availability. Those improvements coupled with the Razr’s iconic “flip phone” design could mean that the new Razr 5G is the foldable phone we’ve all been waiting for.
Minimal Design, Maxed-Out Specs
Arguably, the best thing about last year’s Razr was that it featured the same iconic form factor as the legendary Razr V3, but with modern features and a foldable screen. The Motorola Razr 5G champions that same iconic design, only it does so with better hardware and performance.
First, let’s look at the camera. Whereas last year’s model featured a
In researching types of displays that can be folded or bent, Apple is now also proposing that the iPhone displays themselves could “heal” the inevitable wear and tear on them.
Apple has been working on a foldable iPhone for at least five years, and it’s also investigated ones where the screen can be rolled up. In each case, the issue is of making these screens work — and not be damaged by the folding or rolling.
Now a newly-revealed patent application suggests a way of both minimizing damage, and of doing something about it when it happens. “Electronic Devices With Flexible Display Cover Layers,” proposes mixing rigid and flexible areas for a display, and then also utilizing what Apple calls “self-healing.”
It’s perhaps this self-healing part that is the most interesting part of the patent application. Unfortunately, while there are 147 references to it in the application’s more than 11,000