Folding devices are setting a very strong use and design trend in the market. So much so that even Apple itself is already developing ways to incorporate this type of technology into its devices. What was once a hot spot for criticism, since the company still follows the “traditional” way of designing its devices, is now a laboratory of ideas. They are very serious about creating a folding device, and these patents that we are going to present to you are proof of this.
It has been the specialized news medium Patently Apple who has echoed not one, not two. But up to 37 patent documents that the Californian company has managed to register, and therefore, that these are attributed to its authorship. All of them, as they announce, focus on the research and development of coverage and resistance mechanisms for screens and folding systems. So below we are going to let you know all the details.
Everything focused on the screen and the structure
The most important component (or, although, one of the most important) of a. smartphone is the screen. If we take into account the “conventional” design, this is because it is the area with which we have the most interaction. If we focus on the design of folding phones, the screen is no longer the area with which we interact the most, but it is also the part most susceptible to breakage, since for the first time a component that was previously static, now has to fold systematically.
The content of these patents, as disclosed in Patently Apple, “describe screen modules and protective layers of structures that can be implemented in curved and flexible screens and panels. In fact, in the images they share of the document that they have managed to register, different detailed parts of a device can be seen in which reinforcements are seen in the structures at a general level, as well as the most important breaking points, marked.
«The outer layer has been designed to have enough strength and tension to act as a layer of protection for the device. (…) In addition, the protection layer must be hard enough to withstand high pressures and resistance to scratches,” they explain. Emphasis is also placed on the assembly and screen points where micro-breaks are most susceptible, which, over time, can lead to a general screen breakage.
The most curious thing is that not only is there a single way in which the devices are folded, since in the sketches you can clearly see how there are two of them that open horizontally, just like Samsung’s ZFold do. . On the other hand, we can also see how there are two other sketches that are shown as a clamshell phone, as manufacturers such as Motorola or Samsung have already done.