Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has filed a patent that reveals that it is working on a device with flexible display, something that has been seen in the Edge versions of Samsung Group’s (OTCMKTS:SSNLF) Galaxy S6 and Note 4 series.
Business Insider spotted the patent first, which reveals OLED displays that respond to touch, and can potentially fit around edges of many Apple devices, such as iPhone and iPad. Since the edges provide extra screen space, Apple can put it to various interesting uses.
The extra space can display information and notifications, as is seen in Samsung Galaxy S6, or act as virtual buttons based on what the device is being used for. For example, the edge could display a list of songs, or the song that is being played. Users can toggle the volume, or change songs with these virtual buttons. On the other hand, in camera mode, the edge could host the flash, zoom, and photo/video toggle options.
The notifications on Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge are a fairly simple use of the flexible display, and can be replicated in iPhone or iPad. Given that it can be adapted to other devices as well, we can expect that it will not be restricted to iPhone only. If Apple had implemented this earlier, it could have been the distinctive factor in its refreshed iPod Touch series.
Apple does not always convert its patents into marketable products; there is no concrete news onApple Stylus, for which the company has filed multiplepatents. It is not clear whether the flexible display patent means that we would see a double-edged iPhone, or a single-edged variant, such Samsung Note 4 Edge.
However, we can be sure that Apple has taken note of Samsung’s latest offering, and is probably looking to cash in on the innovative idea.