Apple’s next iPhone could be foldable, according to reports.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office announced this week that Apple’s newest patent uses carbon nanotubes, which would allow a phone to fold completely in half.
Flexible printed circuits, flexible batteries and flexible displays were also patented by Apple in 2015. They have reportedly been exploring the concept of foldable phones since 2013.
However Apple is apparently not the only technology company looking into concepts such as these, with reports suggesting Samsung has also filed for patents using similar technology.
This year Apple reported its first decline in iPhone sales, with a 16% drop. CEO Tim Cook reportedly claimed the drop was due to the pace of smartphone upgrades and sales in general.