The iPhone 15 launch is expected in a few months, but in some major news, Apple may launch a rollable iPhone a few years down the line. By all accounts, the iPhone 15 will be a special iPhone, much better than the iPhone 14. However, as far as innovation is concerned, Apple is looking to introduce something completely different soon. According to recently published patents, it looks like Apple is in the process of developing a rollable iPhone – literally, you can roll up the smartphone! The patent, filed in November 2022 and made public this week, describes a smartphone with a display that can be moved between a state where the display is flat and part of the display is rolled up, as in the current phone. Actually rolled up!
Apple has been exploring the concept of devices with expandable displays since 2014, and the company has filed several patents related to the concept over the years. The US Patent & Trademark Office has published another patent application from Apple that suggests iPhones, iPads, televisions, and even vehicle dashboards may use this rollable/scrollable display technology in the future.
According to According to the patent, the electronic device will have a rollable display that can bend on an axis when rolled onto a roller. A pixel array that produces images on the display panel and a transparent protective layer with thin glass on the rollable side, enabling easy bending.
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From an unrolled, flat state, a rollable display can move to a rolled state where part of the display is hidden inside the device.
If there is any truth to these reports, Apple is likely to join other manufacturers that have explored rollable devices, such as Samsung, which has filed documentation for similar technology at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The device TCL, Motorola and LG also have prototypes.