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New Patent Describes Another Foldable iPhone Option, This Time With TouchBar Analog


A patent application published today describes yet another possible design for Apple’s foldable smartphone. One of the interesting details is the way to interact with the device when folded. According to the description, the smartphone’s display should not fold exactly in the center, but so that when closed, part of the screen remains open, providing access to notifications and service information.

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This part will also provide access to quick settings, such as turning on the “Airplane” mode, etc. Of course, the folded part of the display will retain the functionality of the touch layer. As an alternative to this solution, it is proposed to use a separate small display on the back of the smartphone. It is also possible to simultaneously use two screens together, in which one of them will only display information, and the second will allow you to enter data. In other words, it turns out something very similar to the TouchBar in the MacBook Pro.

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Despite the fact that Apple has already received several patents for folding smartphones, we are unlikely to see such a device in the near future. According to the company, it strives to be the best, not the first.



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