While we are still uncertain about Apple’s arrival in the folding phone market, in a patent application published today by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office entitled “Flexible Display Electronics” , the apple company explains that folding smartphone displays could be damaged when bent at low temperatures , and describes various heating methods to mitigate the problem.
According to the patent text, the folding smartphone could have a magnetic locking mechanism that would prevent the device from folding or unfolding in very cold temperatures to avoid damage to the display. This would occur in environments “significantly below room temperature” .
As we have told you on other occasions, Cupertino’s firm files numerous patent applications every week, and many of these inventions never see the light of day . The patents are also very detailed, and include many possible ideas, including some that Apple may not have plans to advance. Therefore, finding several patents related to a folding device is no guarantee that Apple will actually launch one of these devices.
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In addition, it is important to note that Apple is unlikely to release a folding iPhone, unless it can meet the company’s strict quality standards.