iPhone Foldable Phone Release Date, Latest News & Update: New Patent Hint At Future Clamshell Mobile Device

By Snooky Grawls , Updated Dec 10, 2016 12:09 PM EST

Apple is expected to make big changes to the iPhone 8 in 2017, headlined by the jump to OLED screen technology. Like the iPhone 7, it is expected to be thinner and sporting a new design which may possibly radiate to future designs from the Cupertino company’s end.

Most have probably heard those countless rumors regarding rival Samsung’s work on a foldable phone. Now, it looks like Apple has the same thing in mind. Several patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office reveal the Cupertino company’s new application.

According to Apple Insider, the filed Apple patent includes a touch-capable portable device made of glass. These are wraparound displays plus optional sidewalls shaped like half-oval or steep angular slopes. That said, the design proposal calls to mind something similar Samsung implemented for the Galaxy Edge series.

With a looming all-touch surface, there is a chance that this device could be a foldable device. The curved wall feature for the said iPhone could include an enclosure which would account for its bendable or foldable nature on one or more axes.

Summing it all up, it could be a potential clamshell iPhone with curved screen. The whole concept seems a bit technical right now with most customers focused on seeing a shift in screen technology to compliment the thin mold Apple seems to be trying to work on.

If ever Apple does come up with one, it may take more time to evolve. Right now, Apple needs to break the ice and add some new technology starting with the iPhone 8.

As mentioned in a previous post, the iPhone 8 is expected to sport OLED display screens with powerful internal specs. That includes an A11 chip plus some aesthetic iterations such as a new home button and removal of the 3.5 mm headphone hack.

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