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Apple Patents iPhone With Flexible Display that can be folded in half

Apple has revealed a patent that describes a foldable iPhone with a flexible metal-backed OLED display capable of being folded in half which is entitled as "Flexible display devices".

Apple also notes that "it would be desirable to be able to use flexible display technology to provide improved electronic devices." 

The described device may contain multiple housing portions. For example, there could be two housing portions that are coupled together using hinges. The hinges may include hinges based on a three-bar linkage, hinges based on a four-bar linkage, hinges with slotted members, hinges formed from flexible support structures, and hinges based on flexible housing structures.
Apple has filed a patent that describes a foldable iPhone with a flexible metal-backed OLED display capable of being folded in half which is entitled as "Flexible display devices".

As granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's U.S. Patent No. 9,504,170 for "Flexible display devices" describes an iPhone with a foldable full-screen display. Like clamshell cellphones popularized by Motorola in the 1990s, Apple's proposed design also folds in two when not in use for easy storage.

To achieve a foldable format, Apple's invention relies on a number of flexible components, the most important being an OLED display and metal support structure. For the latter, the document proposes nitinol, a nickel and titanium alloy known for its elasticity and unique shape memory abilities. Alternative embodiments involve flexible polymers.

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