Apple might launch a foldable iPhone or iPad in the near future after all, as the company now owns a patent on technology that prevents displays from creasing. According to Patently Apple, the display is thinned at the folding area through chemical processing and might use different materials to keep the area smooth at all times.

Industry insiders from Korea claimed a launch in 2026 is a realistic goal, contrary to Ming-Chi Kuo’s claim that Apple’s first product with a foldable screen will be a 20.3” MacBook, scheduled for 2027.

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