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Apple Patent Targets To Achieve A Flexible, Bendable iPhone.

The latest patent dubbed as "Flexible electronic devices" was awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with Patent No. 8,929,085. According to the (http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=1&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&S1=(361%2F749.CCLS.+AND+20150106.PD.)) patent , the flexible electronic device can include a device such as an iPhone which has a flexible display and a flexible housing. The internal components of the device are also said to be flexible which will enable the device to be deformed. In addition, the flexible displays may also be composed of flexible display layers, flexible touch-sensitive layers and flexible display cover layers.

Apparently, the said patent is full of the word "flexible" which might mean that the device can be flexed, bent, folded or as mentioned in the patent, the device can be deformed without necessarily damaging the internal components under its hood.

Aside from the patent granted to Apple for the flexible device, (http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/06/technology/mobile/apple-patent-flexible-phone/) CNN Money reported that the tech titan has also been awarded a patent for a certain smart glass technology. The patent called the "Lifestream" is described to be a system that is applied on glasses which could collect various data such as audio, video and even facial recognition. It might seem to be the company's counter to the Google Glass which is currently popular in the wearable glasses arena.

Meanwhile, major players have already launched different versions of the curved smartphones. Rivals like Samsung which have released the Galaxy Round and the Galaxy Note Edge and LG which has recently released the G Flex 2 at the 2015 CES event. Based on reports, Apple, Samsung and LG have all been researching about flexible and bendable phones. With the latest patent won by Apple, it is obvious that the company has interest in pursuing such plan to achieve a flexible smartphone.

Finally, the patent for the flexible electronic device was first filed in 2011. The flex concept was headed by inventors: Jeremy C. Franklin, Scott A. Myers, Benjamin M. Rappoport, Stephen Brian Lynch, John P. Ternus and Justin Wodrich.

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