Apple patents ‘self-healing’ display for foldable mobile devices
Proprietary design incorporates elastomer layer within self-repairing sandwich structure
London – Apple has gained a patent relating to a folding iDevice, which covers the use of elastomers in a design element with self-healing properties.
The elastomeric component provided a flexible layer, sandwiched between the rigid portions of the display cover.
The announcement did not disclose further details of the self-healing materials but said they would be layered upon the elastomer part of the phone.
According to Apple, the self-healing coating can fill in any dents to the phone “without external intervention”.
“Alternatively, the self-healing may be initiated or expedited by externally applied heat, light, electric current, or other type of external stimulus,” the tech giant added.
The patent further stipulates that the display cover may include transparent conductors in a layer that generate heat to stimulate self-healing.