Apple’s Patent Application for Protecting Foldable Devices
One of the main concerns for users of foldable devices is the vulnerability of the large glass screen when the device is opened up. In 2014, Apple received a patent for a system that could help an iPhone land on its back instead of its screen in case of a fall.
The company has now filed a patent application with the USPTO titled “Self-Retracting Display Device and Techniques for Protecting Screen Using Drop Detection,” aimed at developing a system to detect vertical acceleration with respect to the ground when a foldable or rollable device is falling.
Sensing and Retracting
The patent explains that sensors within the device will detect a fall and retract or close the device to protect the fragile display from striking the ground. The application also mentions that folding the screen to an angle of less than 180 degrees could also help prevent damage, as the edges of the device would hit the ground instead of the screen. A rollable device could automatically retract the display when it detects a fall that exceeds certain predetermined limits.
Apple’s foresight and effort to minimize damage to their devices in case of falls are commendable. The technology, if implemented, could help put users’ minds at ease while using foldable or rollable devices.
The Future of Foldable Devices – The Rumor Mill
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable analyst, Apple could release a foldable iPad in 2025. Kuo had previously rumored a foldable iPhone coming in 2023, but even industry experts can sometimes go wrong.
Kickstands on Carbon-fiber
Kuo further added that the rumored foldable iPad could include a kickstand made from carbon fiber. This feature would allow users to prop up the device at an angle for more comfortable and hands-off viewing of on-screen content.
While these remain rumors, it’s exciting to see what the future holds for foldable and rollable devices. As companies continue to innovate, we can expect more features that could make the devices more user-friendly and durable.