“Apple has been granted a patent for a folding phone for the second time in a month,” Libby Plummer and Shivali Best report for The Daily Mail. “The patents have led to rumours that the Cupertino brand’s upcoming iPhone 8 could be influenced by 1990s flip phones, made popular by Motorola.”

“The new patent illustration shows a hinge in the middle of the handset’s display that would enable it to bend in half,” Plummer and Best report. “The patent document suggests a flexible nitinol, a nickel and titanium alloy for the handset’s support structure on one of several variations listed in the patent.”

“One version of the design leaves the screen hidden when the phone is folded in two, similar to clamshell phones of the past,” Plummer and Best report. “Another, leaves the screen visible, but reduced to half its size.”

Apple's patent illustration shows a hinge in the middle of the handset's display that would enable it to fold in half

Apple’s patent illustration shows a hinge in the middle of the handset’s display that would enable it to fold in half

 
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MacDailyNews Take: Flip iPhone™.

We loved our Motorola StarTACs, but they really didn’t do much of anything except for oh-so-quaint voice calls.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]