News on June 27th Apple has now obtained a patent (11044822) for “Electronic Equipment with Flexible Display Structure”. This implies that Apple’s foldable iPhone or other Apple devices, such as iPad, and even Mac laptops, will usher in more forms.
In the patent data, Apple pointed out: laptops, mobile phones and other devices are usually equipped with display screens, and these screens also contain user-oriented image pixel arrays, but the display screen is usually composed of a rigid structure, such as a glass plate.
Apple said that this makes it more difficult to manufacture small electronic devices, and they believe that flexible displays can be a solution to this problem.
The patent outline is as follows: an electronic device uses at least one flexible display screen. The electronic device may have housing parts that are rotationally coupled with each other so that the flexible display screen can be folded along one or more axes. And this kind of equipment can be equipped with a scroll wheel for storing the flexible display screen, and when additional display area is needed, the scroll wheel can make it slide out of the housing.
▲The attached figure is a perspective view of an illustrative device with a flexible screen extending between the housing structures
“The touch screen hidden in the case can be superimposed with a flexible screen that supports scrolling. The wireless transmitter and receiver can transmit image data to the display drive IC circuit. The display drive circuit can be used in a flexible display based on the image data. The image is displayed on the pixel array. Magnets can be used for externally biased edge-mounted bistable support structures to prevent wrinkling of rolling flexible displays.”
Apple has obtained dozens of such patents. Previously, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple will launch a folding screen iPhone in 2023, equipped with Samsung’s 8-inch QHD+ flexible screen, which will promote the next wave of phone replacement. It seems that Apple’s current The research and development of folding screen models is nearing completion.