“Apple has published a new patent today, one that takes the possibilities for future iOS mobile devices and adds a whole heap of abilities seemingly ripped from sci-fi thanks to flexible display technology,” Darrell Etherington reports for TechCrunch.

“Some of this we’ve seen before: tactile keyboards that essentially rise up to meet your fingers have long been a theoretically possible addition to screens, and there’s been talk of Apple using them in the past,” Etherington reports. “But a display that’s also a built-in surround sound system? That’s new.”

Etherington reports, “The things flexible screens enables, specifically a reduction in the number of holes, ports and other breaks in the external casing of mobile devices, are perfectly in line with Apple’s gadget design strategy, so look for them to use this kind of thing as soon as it makes economic sense to do so.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]