The Foldable iPhone

Mon 14th November 2016

On June 29, 2007 the first iPhone was released in the States. It was later made available in the United Kingdom in November 2007.

Apple have come a long way and are now on to their tenth generation iPhone.

I was talked into and reluctantly upgraded to iPhone 4  from a Sony Walkman. Going from a flip phone with nice easy buttons to a touch was daunting but to be honest it took me moments to get my head round and I haven't looked back since. Like most of us I would be lost without my iPhone.

Released on September 16, 2016, the iPhone 7 has many upgrades and features compared to the first generation. For example what was a 2 MP camera is now a 12 MP camera with a 2nd-generation Sony Exmor RS (that old Sony phone was good for photos!) as well as an additional 7MP front camera along with the controversial removal of the headphone jack.


So what will the next iPhone have to offer?

A new patent  was awarded to Apple today (November 2nd 2016) showing the company is exploring a foldable iPhone concept. Apple was believed to be researching foldable iPhone designs starting back in 2013, but new evidence suggests the company is still serious about making this concept a reality at some point.


The patent was filed on August 28, but was officially awarded to Apple today. According to Patently Apple, Apple was able to keep the patent a secret by using an engineer's name during the filing process. But the patent itself uses the iPhone name, and shows several images with the iconic iPhone design, including the original home 

The patent was filed on August 28, but was officially awarded to Apple today.

According to Patently Apple, Apple was able to keep the patent a secret by using an engineer's name during the filing process. But the patent itself uses the iPhone name, and shows several images with the iconic iPhone design, including the original home button. It suggests the future iPhone will be made of glass, ceramic, fibre, aluminium or plastic – materials that are all presently used in devices. The real news is in the patent’s description of “carbon nanotubes” that would allow the iPhone to literally fold in half down the middle.


This is what the patent says:

"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"

The patent goes on to say the future device "may have a hinge or other bendable joint" .

Apple's chief rival Samsung has also been pursuing similar technology and designs. Samsung has patented so many foldable phone designs.

So will the foldable iPhone be the next iPhone? With Apple's 10th anniversary fast approaching next year will it be ready for release then?  Not all patents turn into products, and if patents are ultimately used it can take years for them to ever hit the high street. I have to say, I did love that old Sony Walkman flip phone so maybe this foldable iPhone might just be the perfect phone for me! For now the iPhone 7 is still pretty great even with no phone jack so I won't hold my breath.

Casey Marsh

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