Apple is not letting out any clues on its foldable iPhone but we are able to fetch some minute details every time there is a new patent filing. A new patent describes how Apple will heat up the displays to ease out the friction while folding when the device is cold. This will certainly help users of cold countries in the future and it could prevent damage while repeatedly opening and closing the foldable iPhone.
We recently saw Samsung unveiling the world’s first foldable smartphone and it used a new hinge technology that will be smooth in use. Similarly, Apple wants to include its very own technology in the foldable iPhone that would benefit people in cold areas. This technology will be based on heating up certain sections of the iPhone and will probably solve the problem of the device getting damaged eventually with continuous use.
The patent states:
An electronic device may have a hinge that allows the device to be flexed about a bend axis. A display may span the bend axis. To facilitate bending about the bend axis without damage when the display is cold, a portion of the display that overlaps the bend axis may be selectively heated.
The portion of the display that overlaps the bend axis may be self-heated by illuminating pixels in the portion of the display that overlap the bend axis or may be heated using a heating element or other heating structure that provides heat to the portion of the display overlapping the bend axis.