Apple's new folding screen patented special hinge mechanism prevents damage to the curved portion of the screen
05
Feb 2020

Kirsten Thomas

Apple's new folding screen patented special hinge mechanism prevents damage to the curved portion of the screen

Many Android phone manufacturers have shown smartphones with foldable screens in recent years, but Apple has not seen any action for a long time. To this day, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the USPTO, has published Apple's latest patent, " Electronic Devices Equipped with Scroll Display and Hinge ", showing that Apple is still interested in foldable smartphones or tablets.

This patent mainly describes how to prevent the folded portion of the display from being damaged when the scroll display is folded. According to the patent description, this design allows the housing to be directly divided into two parts. When folded, the housing part near the central axis will have a movable baffle (Figure 12F below), and the baffle will retract to Create more space so that the folded portion of the display can maintain a minimum bending radius (R below).

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In addition, this kind of electronic equipment will also add another layer of thin support back plate (Figure 14-1 below) to the display part. The back plate can be made of a relatively solid material to help the display to avoid being affected by bending as much as possible. Damage caused by external forces and other factors.

Apple Patent 2Of course, I must remind you that Apple does not necessarily implement the product after applying for a patent. We can only think that Apple has considered mobile devices with foldable screens. If it is in line with actual benefits, we may have the opportunity to see it in the future. Similar products were born.