Specifically, Apple in the patent document describes a "flexible part" of the device, you can fold. The document states that a "flexible display" is required to make such a device without a seam or a visible hinge.
The patent document is particularly noteworthy, because yesterday, the Korean media reported that Apple is in secret with the LG monitor to develop a folding OLED versioniPhone, May be launched in 2020.
For the upcoming iPhone X, Samsung monitors are said to be exclusive OLED screen suppliers, mainly for quality considerations. But Apple will seek to make the next big iPhone design breakthrough, the company may choose to cooperate with the LG monitor to prevent rivals Samsung Electronics in advance to know its future product plans.
Consistent with the latest rumors, the foldable screen described in the Apple patent application file just joins an OLED layer. The screen can be built into a housing made of a variety of materials, including plastic, glass, ceramic, fiber composite, stainless steel or aluminum.
Although the latest rumors are related to the collapsible iPhone, Apple's patent document states that this conceptual design can be used in a range of devices such as the futureMacBook, IPad, Apple Watch and so on. The document also said that this technology can be achieved through the micro LED screen. Apple has invested in micro LED technology, it can make portable devices more energy efficient.
Apple patent was first submitted in August 30, 2016, the inventor includes Terry Zhang (Terry C. Shyu), Paul Neldrak (Paul. S. Drzaic) and Chang Chen (Zhen, transliteration)
Although this patent application is the latest exposure, but this is not the first to prove that Apple intends to use the flexible hardware in the future of the evidence. Last year in November, Apple won a patent on a flexible screen device, it can be held to the user clothes.