The headline feature of folding devices is the ability to fold the screen. However, Samsung’s initial foldable smartphones and other products show that the challenge lies in how to make this feature available for long-term use.
One of the problems is how to manage the actual folding and unfolding of the screen. A simple hinge mechanism can easily make the folding mechanism work, but it cannot support the display in the weakest position or control the speed of the folding process. This control can provide advantages, such as preventing accidental damage caused by excessive bending or moving too fast.
The rumored “iPhone Folding” may use a gear system to manage the way the mobile device bends, providing more control and support for a potentially fragile component. In a patent entitled “Folding Electronic Device with Gear Hinge” granted to Apple by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, Apple tried to use a support mechanism to solve this problem.
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In the patent, Apple proposed various gear systems that can be used in hinge mechanisms. These gears use toothed members and racks, and it is possible to rotate and roll along with the rack members when the equipment is folded and unfolded. The gear can move the supporting structure around when the device is unfolded or folded and supports the display screen during the entire operation. The linkage device relatively fixes each gear according to the required task.
According to the arrangement, Apple’s mechanism allows the iPhone to open in a specific way relative to the central spine of the device. Two of the parts fold out independently, or Apple forces the two pages to fold out at the same speed. Although this patented technology is clearly designed for tablets such as the iPhone or iPad, Apple has also stated that it can be used in many other devices that can benefit from an expanded display. Suggestions include computer monitors, media players, watches and wristbands, earphones or headsets, head-mounted devices, and even displays in vehicles such as “Apple Cars”.
Apple submits a large number of patent applications every week, but although the existence of patent applications indicates the areas of interest for Apple’s R&D work, it does not guarantee that it will bring complete products or services.
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