The iPhone 8’s release date is still almost a year away, but rumors about Apple’s highly-anticipated 10th-anniversary device are already abounding. With the Cupertino-based tech giant all but promising that the iPhone 8 would be its most revolutionary device yet, the hype surrounding the device is higher than ever. With Apple’s recent patent filing, however, the anticipation surrounding its next flagship device has broken through yet another ceiling.
So what’s so unique about Apple’s recent patent? Simply put, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent for a foldable smartphone design. A Patently Apple report stated that the patent for a foldable smartphone was filed by the tech giant sometime in Q3 2014, under parent number 9,485,862. Considering that the patent was published on Tuesday, it appears that Apple has indeed been granted exclusive rights to the foldable smartphone design.
Foldable smartphone concepts are nothing new. Samsung, Apple’s biggest rival in the smartphone market, has been exploring foldable smartphone designs for years. The South Korean tech giant has long teased the Galaxy X, which is widely speculated to be the world’s first consumer-ready foldable device. However, Samsung’s Galaxy X concept, which was unveiled practically three years ago, is yet to see an official release.