Apple is secretly developing foldable screens for its iPhones and iPads

A first foldable Apple product wouldn’t arrive before 2025 according to analyst Ming Chi Kuo, but patents detailing what Apple is preparing for the future are already giving us clues about the composition of its future products.

Source: Arnaud Gelineau – Frandroid

Apple doesn’t seem very interested in foldable smartphones, at least on the surface. Because to think that he is not working on it would be to be mistaken. With its strategy adopted over the years, Apple has often seen certain technologies integrated into its devices when the company considered them to have reached maturity. We can cite for example the wireless charge which took a long time to arrive on the iPhone. The firm should reiterate with the foldable. It is new patents from the brand that confirm to us and indicate that Apple is developing a foldable screen for its future products.

A more efficient, economical and durable screen

According to TheElec, Apple is reportedly designing a foldable OLED display. The screen would have the particularity of not having a polarizing layer, a component that is usually found in foldable screens, similar to what Samsung does with its Galaxy Z Fold 3 and its Eco² OLED screen.

Apple is secretly developing foldable screens for its iPhones and iPads
An Apple patent on the design of a foldable screen // Source: GSMArena

Removing this part of the screen allows foldable screens to be thinner and therefore more optimal for folding smartphones. It would also allow for brighter and more durable screens, as using a polarizer affects screen brightness and allows light to pass only in certain directions to improve visibility. This layer therefore requires a corresponding increase in the energy consumption required to illuminate the device, and this reduces the life of the screen.

An approach already used by Samsung

Manufacturers using this type of screen must therefore themselves use their own technology to compensate for this lack of component. Samsung, for example, has used its own “CF on TFE” technology, or Eco2 , which uses a color filter accompanied by a definition layer of black pixels, which resulted in lighter colors. According to the company, this technology improves light transmission by 33% and at the same time reduces energy consumption by 25%.

Apple’s first folding smartphone isn’t expected to arrive until 2025, however, according to Ming Chi Kuo, which seems very late. Interested iPhone users will therefore have to be patient. There is also no guarantee that Apple will use these patents in the near future, but it would be unlikely that the company will miss the folding smartphone train. The market will surely have evolved by then. We will therefore see how Apple came to respond to this problem and what approach the firm chose to adopt for its first attempt.


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