Apple isn’t slowing down. Fresh off dropping the iPhone X, which offers some of the most advanced technologies, the company is now reportedly preparing another phone that will undoubtedly take the world by storm.
Fast Company recently revealed that Apple had received a patent for a foldable smartphone. According to the patent, which the tech giant filed for back on September 22, 2016, the device will have “a flexible display” with the support layer “formed from shape memory alloy or amorphous metal and may have openings to facilitate bending.”
Apple isn’t the only one working on a foldable device currently. During the September launch event for the iPhone 8, Samsung already announced their plan for a foldable smartphone that was expected to hit the stores next year. But due to some difficulties, the South Korea smartphone maker has decided to push back the release to 2019.
China’s ZTE is also launching their own foldable phone, though its technology clearly won’t rival Samsung’s or Apple’s. What ZTE called a foldable phone is literally a dual-screen device, so it actually looks like two smartphones attached to one another.
For now, it’s still unclear how Apple’s foldable phone will be different from Samsung’s, or how Samsung will create their own bendable device to avoid infringing on Apple’s patent.