Foldable iPhone could have screen that “repairs itself”, patent shows

Foldable iPhone could have screen that "repairs itself", patent shows

New patents show that Apple may have some pretty ambitious plans for its next mobile devices. This time, the documentation concerns a new technology that would make screens capable of doing repairs “on their own”.

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The content has been registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Organization (USPTO) listing. In total, there were two new solutions presented by the brand.

The first, which mentions the self-repairing screen, is relatively mysterious. After all, there are still some details missing that explain exactly how the technology would work — probably, Apple intends to keep this information secret at the moment.

Even so, the patent mentions that the screens would have a protective layer on top, acting against small scratches and similar marks. It is likely that this objective will be fulfilled by means of specific chemical components for this purpose.

In this way, Apple could get around one of the situations that generate the most concern for users of foldable devices: the creases present on the display. It is common for marks to become more visible over time, with more folding cycles.

The second patent mentions a crack resistant display, which would use a flexible top layer to offer higher durability. Below it would be a layer of transistors, and another with flexible substrates.

It is not possible to say when (and if) the technologies in the patents will actually be used. Sometimes, documentation of this type is only registered as a legal apparatus against competing brands and many times it does not materialize in a product.

According to the latest rumors, Apple should not present a foldable iPhone before 2025. However, before that the brand may launch a foldable iPad, which may have the solutions presented in the patents.

Source: Android Headlines