A report from The Bell (via Korea's The Investor) claims Apple has created a "task force" to create a foldable screen, possibly for a future iPhone. The bendable screen is reportedly an OLED screen (the same kind of display technology that Apple will debut on the iPhone X). The report says LG developed a foldable OLED display prototype years ago and is working on improving yield rates. The first part is certainly true (OLED manufacturers like LG have shown off foldable displays for at least a decade), and a foldable screen is every bit as futuristic as it sounds. It could mean a phone that'll fit in your pocket, but expands open into a larger display when unfolded.
Apple is working on a radical new iPhone with a foldable screen that doubles as a tablet. That's according to a report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which says that several Apple suppliers in Asia have confirmed they're working on a such a product. A foldable iPhone could even be coming as soon as 2020, the analysts said. Pictured is a prototype folding iPhone that was revealed in a patent filed by Apple last November. The patent describes a device that can be'opened and closed like a book' 'We expect the iPhones this fall to be largely unchanged for the organic LED versions although size changes have proved to be a catalyst in the past,' Bank of America analyst Wamsi Mohan wrote in a report on Friday.
Foldable phones haven't gone much further than the concept stage at this point, but you can bet Apple will be there when they do arrive. That could happen for iPhone as soon as 2020, according to a new analyst report from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Such a form factor would give your iPhone the potential to transform into an iPad. "Our checks also suggest that Apple is working with suppliers on a foldable phone (that potentially could double up as a tablet) for launch in 2020," analyst Wamshi Mohan wrote (h/t CNBC). His report is based on recent meetings with Apple suppliers in Asia.
Misplacing your smartphone or taking forever to dig it out of a bag can be one of the most annoying parts of owning one, and it appears Apple is aware of this. A newly published patent reveals the Cupertino-based company is developing an iPhone that could grip onto your clothing, making it much harder to lose. This news is buried inside of a new Apple patent for "Flexible display devices" published Nov. 22. Most of the patent focuses on a foldable iPhone-like device (the patent never mentions the smartphone by name), but the patent notes the device would be able to "grip external objects... for example, an item of the user's clothing." The patent notes that the foldable phone would clip onto your clothes using a teeth-like surface.
Will the iPhone of the future be FOLDABLE? While the iPhone 7 only came out in September, rumours are already circulating about what Apple could have in store for future devices. Apple was able to keep the patent a secret by using an engineer's name during the filing process. Apple is expected to unveil the most radical redesign ever of its flagship handset for the iPhone's 10th anniversary in 2017. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.