Apple is future-proofing itself in the face of foldables and has had its patent approved for foldy things for its range of iDevices, namely a bendy display and cover layer.
The patent application was posted last year and it was approved this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - amongst 85 to be granted to Apple. The foldable displays described in the patent can accommodate up to two folds and is shown in a variety of configurations in the accompanying drawings.
Patently reports that Apple engineers Christopher Bartlow, Dale Memering, and Christopher Jones were assigned to the project to figure out how to make this concept a reality.
It's not a surprise that Apple is making moves to keep up with its competitors, although I don't think anyone is really worried about Samsung's botched Galaxy Fold that it's currently trying to fix. Patents are being filed left, right, and centre, for foldable tech, with Lenovo and LG hopping on the bandwagon last month.
In the biggest surprise of all, Sony is rumoured to be working on a foldable phone, which seems like an insanely bad idea given the nosedive the company's smartphone business is in, with no hint of it pulling up. At all.
Apple is holding its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote next week, on Monday, June 3, so we'll get to see what the tech giant is bringing to the table this year.