According To A New Patent, Apple May Be Working On An Iphone With A Rollable Screen

Apple could produce an expanding iPhone with a screen that partially rolls away inside the device when not in use, according to a new patent. Continue reading to learn more.

According To A New Patent, Apple May Be Working On An Iphone With A Rollable Screen
According To A New Patent, Apple May Be Working On An Iphone With A Rollable Screen

Apple may be working on an 'expandable' phone with a rollable screen, according to a new patent filing. According to the patent, the design might have a screen that bends around a roller inside the gadget. 

The patent, which was first spotted by BGR, is titled "Electronic Devices With Sliding Expandable Displays" and was filed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). ”The patent also mentions that a portion of the flexible display goes inside the phone casing when in the unexpanded state, suggesting that the display may be bent or rolled inside.

Apple isn't the only company to experiment with rollable panels, which, after foldable screens, are predicted to be the next big thing in smartphone form factors. In 2019, Samsung got a patent for a phone with a motorised rolling mechanism, as well as another patent that allows users to increase the size of their device's display by up to 50%. 

Xiaomi has previously secured a similar patent, and the Oppo X 2021 is a real phone with a screen that can expand via a motorised mechanism when the user requires it.

Why are brands floating towards rollable screens? 

The use of hinges is one of the most significant difficulties with today's more complicated smartphone screens. In these goods, the most important component also becomes the Achilles' heel, as demonstrated by the first-generation Samsung Galaxy Fold. The hinge provides an ideal entry point for microscopic dust particles to enter the system, compromising it over time. 

Rolling screens, unlike foldable phones, do not have a hinge. These devices no longer have to worry about the wear and tear that comes with the hinge. A hinge-free screen also guarantees a crease-free screen as a bonus. However, the company currently is likely working on its foldable iPhone which won’t launch until 2024, as per analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The foldable iPhone will be a likely product shortly, and this particular patent could be used in a much later device. It is also possible that Apple never makes a phone with such a design, which is also something that happens with a lot of patents.