Apple Wins Surprising Patent for a Future Bendable or Foldable iPhone using Advanced Carbon Nanotube Structures
In July Patently Apple posted two reports regarding Samsung’s fascination with bendable smartphones and/or collapsible smartphones. Samsung has many patents on this future instructions for smartphones that our other IP site Patently Mobile developed a devoted archive covering all of their ideas. Apple’s first patent relating to foldable smartphone form elements was discovered by Patently Apple in a European patent filing in 2013.
We found a second patent filing in Europe regarding a foldable smartphone in 2014. Today we were shocked to discover that Apple was given their first patent covering a collapsible and/or bendable future iPhone that was never ever published prior to as a patent application under Apple’s name. Apple must have kept it secret by filing it under their engineer’s names and not under Apple to prevent detection. In this patent, Apple reveals the possible use of carbon nanotubes to facilitate their new smartphone type element.
Apple notes in their approved patent that a person of the materials that could be used in this foldable/bendable iPhone type element is ceramic. The first time that Apple considered this product for a future iPhone was discovered and published in our September 2016 patent report titled “Revealing Apple Patent Covers Ceramic Apple Watch and All-New Ceramic iPhone.”
Apple keeps in mind in today’s approved patent that “Electronic devices may be offered with carbon nanotube structures or other structures based on carbon (e.g., graphene structures, carbon-fiber structures having carbon fibers aside from carbon nanotubes, etc.). Configurations in which the carbon-based structures are carbon nanotube structures are in some cases explained herein as an example.
Carbon nanotube structures might include single-wall carbon nanotubes, multiple-wall carbon nanotubes, or mixtures of single-wall and multiple-wall carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes can form conductive courses for printed circuits or other flexible substrates such as substrates connected with touch sensing units and display screens and can form structural elements in an electronic device.
Conductive carbon nanotube paths can form signal courses that are versatile and resistant to cracking.
The carbon nanotube structures may be included into signal cables such as versatile printed circuit cables, stiff printed circuit boards, printed circuits that include stiff parts with versatile tails (often described as “rigid flex”), portions of display screen structures, parts of touch sensors such as capacitive touch sensor arrays for display screens or track pads, electronic camera structures, antenna structures, real estate structures, internal device structures, electrical parts, substrates, brackets, real estate walls, other structures, or combinations of these structures.
To help prevent fractures in the signal lines passing through bent portions of a versatile substrate from interrupting signal flow, some or all these signal lines might include carbon nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes may likewise be combined with metal lines.
The versatile substrate may be a carbon nanotube versatile printed circuit, a flexible substrate in a display, a versatile touch sensing unit substrate, or other appropriate flexible structure. The flexible substrate might have signal courses formed on a versatile polymer layer such as polymer layer (e.g., a polyimide layer, and so on). A dielectric cover layer might cover the surface of the flexible substrate.
Apple’s patent is a diagram of illustrative equipment associated with forming carbon nanotube structures for an electronic device; It is a diagram of illustrative operations and equipment associated with forming carbon nanotube structures for a flexible substrate such as a versatile printed circuit.
Apple’s approved patent 9,485,862 was submitted in Q3 2014 and published today by the US Patent and Trademark Office.