A foldable phone with Deadpool powers- sounds interesting!
In a patent application published yesterday, Apple introduces an idea for a foldable smartphone that would have ‘self-healing’ abilities, allowing the device to fix the dents or scratches all by itself.
Sounds like something Apple’s fragile devices desperately needed...
With this concept, users no longer need to intervene manually to fix the device when it could fix its own problem automatically. Theoretically, the device’s self-healing abilities activate automatically and utilize heat, light, or electric current to fix a protective layer above the screen.
It was also mentioned in the patent application that the hypothetical display’s screen cover may consist of an elastomer layer that can lose and regain its shape to keep the fragile inner workings protected. The material used in this concept would make the foldable’s entire display cover more strong and long-lasting.
Foldable smartphones are not something new, as many tech companies are already producing different styles of foldable phones. But Apple’s self-healing feature would make it stand-out among the rest. Samsung's first take on these types of foldable phones wasn’t that good as the Galaxy Fold reported many issues with the screen’s durability.
As far as self-healing technology is concerned, it’s not a new concept either. LG’s G Flex has had basic self-healing technology since 2013. It had a self-healing rear cover used to repair minor scratches on the screen. Though, it wasn’t that effective! The phone barely recovered a paper cut but was absolutely ineffective in repairing major scratches like a knife or key scratch.
There’s no evidence whether Apple will introduce a foldable phone with self-healing features soon if not all. Though, the company has been experimenting with the foldable phone for years, with other patent applications illustrating how future Apple foldable phones would look like, if they will ever come into existence.