“A new patent application from Apple was discovered in Europe this morning that reveals advanced iDevice flex display features. Apple’s patent application covers a lot of ground including both flex screen designs and flexible components to make these designs work. One such component is a unique flex battery design,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Apple states that future flexible electronic devices may include flexible housing members and flexible internal components. A flexible housing member may include a flexible device housing,” Purcher reports. “Rigid and flexible internal components may be mounted in the flexible housing. Flexible internal components may include a flexible display such as an Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) display… Flexible internal components may include flexible batteries such as batteries having rigid and flexible portions, batteries formed from multiple rigid portions joined in a flexible joint, and batteries formed from flexible battery layers.”

Purcher reports, “Flexible electronic devices may include flex sensing components for sensing deformations of the flexible electronic device. Deformations of the flexible electronic device that are sensed by flex sensing components may provide user input to the electronic device. For example, twisting a flexible electronic device may change the operating mode of the device, may be interpreted by the device as a command to an electronic gaming system, may turn the device on or off, etc.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.

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