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Apple granted 28 patents covering flexible iPhone and more

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Apple has been granted 28 new patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office, covering designs and technologies intended for “flexible electronic devices” such as future iPhones.

Among the newly granted patents, filed back in September 2011, one of them, Patent No. 8,929,085, describes about a ‘flexible’ electronic device that may include “a flexible display, a flexible housing and one or more flexible internal components configured to allow the flexible electronic device to be deformed. Flexible displays may include flexible display layers, flexible touch-sensitive layers, and flexible display cover layers.”

Unlike existing iPhones, made of metal and glass, the future ‘flexible’ devices would be capable of being bent or even folded without causing any damage to the internal components contained within. They would be built using plastic, glass, fiber composites and other materials offering increased resistance to withstand repeated flexing.

“Flexible electronic devices may be more resistant to damage during impact events such as drops because the flexible device may bend or deform while absorbing the impact,” the patent reads.

“Deformation of this type may increase the duration of an impact thereby reducing the impulse received by other components of the flexible device.”

Another patent covers a data collection system mounted on smart glasses dubbed “Lifestream” that can take notes, make recordings, and even recognize people’s faces.