For quite some time, rumours of a folding iPhone have been floating around in the online space. A series of patents made the rumours more prominent. Now, according to the latest news, as per a new patent, it seems that Apple might implement an advanced hinge based on gears on its upcoming foldable device. The patent is named “Folding Electronic Devices With Geared Hinges”. This patent was recently filed by Apple.
The patent explains the use of advanced gears for the hinges of a foldable device. The description suggests this mechanism will allow a user to fold the display all the way to the back making the foldable iPhone similar to a Microsoft Surface Duo.
The patent states that the “first and second portions of an electronic device housing for the [foldable] device may be joined using a hinge”. The patent elaborates that the hinge might contain “toothed members such as gears and a rack member” to fold a flexible display in both directions.
The patent reads “The rack member may have a surface with curved portions. The gears may include rotating gears that walk along the curved portions of the rack member as the electronic device is folded and unfolded. The hinge may include gears that are fixedly attached to the first and second housing portions and that engage the rotating gears. Linkage members may hold together gears and the rack member”.
Simply, this geared hinge mechanism will allow users to fold the upcoming Apple device both inwards and outwards. Users will be able to open it up to enjoy a big screen experience and similarly, they will also be able to fold it outwards.
The best part is, the patent points out that this mechanism will work with any kind of display. The patent reads “The display may be an organic light-emitting diode display, a micro-light-emitting diode display formed from an array of crystalline semiconductor light-emitting diode dies, and/or maybe any other suitable display”.