The U.S Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a new patent that describes a way to improve the battery life of foldable iPhones.
Since 2020, it has been reported that Apple is working on a new foldable iPhone which is likely to launch in 2023. Tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the alleged smartphone will have an 8-inch QHD+ flexible OLED display. He also said that the company will use a silver nanowire technology for its foldable iPhone display, which will give it a competitive edge over existing competition in the market. And the new patent reveals Apple’s solution to the device’s battery life issue.
Apple’s foldable iPhone will have two batteries
The filing explains that the duration a device is operated for depends on its battery life. Therefore, to offer longer battery life, the company will equip the foldable iPhone with two batteries on both sides attached by a hinge.
Electronic devices according to embodiments of the present technology may include a first device section having an electronic connector. The first device section may be characterized by a first thickness. The electronic devices may include a second device section characterized by a second thickness. The electronic devices may include a hinge section extending along a length of the first device section and a length of the second device section.
The second device section may be bendably coupled with the first device section about the hinge section. The hinge section may be characterized by a third thickness less than the first thickness and the second thickness. The electronic devices may include a battery including a first battery section housed in the first device section. The battery may include a second battery section housed in the second device section.