The American company “Apple” is heading to produce foldable smartphones that will be the first of its kind in the history of the “iPhone”, and will enter into a heated competition with the “Samsung” company that preceded it in this field, but its phones are facing sharp criticism due to some alleged defects.
And the British newspaper “Daily Mail” revealed in a report seen by “Al Arabiya.net” that the company “Apple” has obtained a patent for foldable phones, which confirms that these phones are about to be put on the market and officially disclosed, although The company has not announced anything in this regard.
There had been many rumors previously about Apple’s intention to launch foldable devices, but reports said each time that the company delayed production due to problems afflicting other models, such as vulnerability to breakage and poor quality.
And Apple recently obtained a new patent indicating that it has a foldable device in the making that would allow users to interact with multiple parts of a smartphone to perform different tasks.
Virtual buttons will be placed on either side of the device, allowing users to control the camera, volume, screen brightness, and other options.
Apple offers a crack-prevention solution and stress-resistant features such as polymer layers applied as a coating to certain areas of the device and the screen.
The foldable device has not yet been revealed, nor has anyone been able to see it, but it will allow Apple to compete with South Korean Samsung, which has already introduced a foldable device, and is currently fighting allegations that the screens on the Galaxy Z Fold 3) cracks “for no reason”.
And the company “Apple” obtained the patent, which describes a device that may contain a front wall, an opposite back wall, and curved side walls, while the front wall may be made of glass, which “Apple” started using in the “iPhone 12” phones.
“The foldable electronic device may contain a flexible, transparent part of the wall that joins the flat transparent walls,” the patent says. It also indicates that components may overlap between flat, transparent walls and opaque walls, and display and touch layers may overlap with transparent walls and a transparent flex wall portion. “Touch sensor structures can also interfere with opaque walls,” she adds.
According to what appears from the patent, the smartphone could also be designed to have a flexible transparent wall portion that joins the flat transparent walls.