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18 Jul, 2023
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Apple has filed a patent for a flexible display that would allow users to roll up their iPhone like a stack of dollar bills.

The patent, published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, lists the iPhone, iPad, and other devices as potential candidates for the technology.

According to the patent, the screen of an iPhone or other device could be moved between an unrolled state, where the display is flat, and a rolled state, where a portion of the display is rolled up for storage. The rollable portion may be covered in a locally thinned glass layer to facilitate rolling and enhance durability against scratches and damage.

Motorola's rollable smartphone concept, showcased earlier this year, provides a glimpse into how Apple's patent could be realized. The concept features a screen that extends vertically from the back of the phone, similar to a tiny conveyor belt.

While competitors like Oppo, LG, and Samsung have also explored rollable designs, practicality and durability challenges have prevented such devices from hitting the market. Foldable smartphones are gaining momentum, but the concept of a rollable iPhone may still be a step too far for the near future.