Apple to launch foldable iPhone soon
Apple has applied for a patent for a foldable iPhone which may enable the handset to be closed and opened similar to a book. The application for patent comes after the tech giant announced that it is jointly working with LG on a foldable iPhone.
Apple has applied for a patent in the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the year 2014 and was successfully granted one this month.
"An electronic device may have a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have a bending region that allows the display to bend along a bend axis when the device is folded," said the application of patent by Apple.
Previously reports claimed that Apple has collaborated with LG over Samsung despite the fact that the latter's OLED displays are termed as the best in the industry segment as the company is its biggest rival.
Samsung is also expected to roll out a smartphone with a foldable design next year and as per reports it will be named Galaxy X. While the foldable iPhone could go into production from the year 2020. Interestingly LG as per reports has also come up with its own foldable OLED display prototype and is working towards further improving it. The company initiated the production of its OLED displays for phones recently in its E5 facility in Gumi, North Gyeongsang Province.
The Commerce and Industry Minister, Suresh Prabhu has also recently said that the government will support Apple to set up its manufacturing facility in India and is waiting for a formal proposal regarding the same.
"Let us get a good proposal from them.We will be very happy to receive Apple, one of the top brands in the world. We are willing to find out if there is any difficulty they may face. We will be more than happy to resolve that difficulty.
So we will await a formal proposal," informed Prabhu to PTI.
The minister has also said that the central government is ready to call the chief ministers of all states who can give the best deal to the iPhone maker. Apple has asked for some concessions for establishing its manufacturing facility in India.