The big talk tech-wise in 2019 is the definite development of a foldable smartphone by the following companies: Samsung, Motorola, LG, Huawei, or ZTE and now Apple is jumping into the pool.
Apple, Motorola , Samsung, LG, and Huawei have filed for their own patents on their version of foldable phones.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office USPT0 just released information that Apple has applied for another Apple foldable phone patent or at least another feature pertaining to it. This is the fourth patent for a foldable Apple iPhone.
First, in March of 2018, Apple received a patent for a flexible battery. Then in October Apple got another patent for a magnetic latch that would keep the foldable iPhone closed without any physical mechanism when not in use.
Then again on February 14, 2019, Apple received another patent for an iPhone that would fold in half and making it more compact, very similar to the foldable Motorola Razr. And then of course now on March 1, 2019, it has a patent on a heating method to keep the folding part of the iPhone warm in order to prevent the folding part from becoming fragile and brittle.
With all of these patents, its becoming very clear that Apple is seriously jumping into the foldable smartphone pool and some analysts are even predicting that Apple will release a foldable iPhone by 2020.
Other signs besides the patents that Apple will come out with a foldable phone sooner than later are: consumer excitement for a future foldable phone that will display more data when needed and be more compact when not as well as the overflowing market projections this last year especially for a foldable smartphone. And considering that Apple missed out on the opportunity to be the first to produce a larger smartphone screen and had its thunder stolen from it when they finally came out with the iPad is a sure bet that it does not want to miss out on the opportunity to lead the pack.
The key issue in the foldable smartphone is usage of hybrid polymer-glass substrate which rumor has it that Samsung has come through with this breakthrough. Usage of this polymer-glass substrate will make the foldable smartphone lighter in weight and cheaper to produce than the current specialized glass that’s being used for display screens.
At CES this year in January, LG revealed its 65-inch rollable OLED TV, so it definitely is possible for foldable smartphones to be developed using similar technology.
Whoever, the leader is in realizing the dream of a flexible, foldable smartphone screen will definitely profit tremendously.
Let the race begin!