Apple's patent for a buttonless foldable device sounds wild

I know, I know; we've been reporting on rumours of a folding iPhone pretty much since Steve Jobs revealed Apple's first smartphone back in 2007. But, this time there's some intriguing evidence to back it up – a new patent sounds like it could lead to a radical change in the design of phones and other devices.

Samsung's been mocking Apple for years for its tardiness in developing a foldable phone, as if going back to clamshell devices is an inevitable advance. This patent filing, granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, shows that Apple's at least exploring the option – and that it's still waging war against buttons (for Apple's current lineup, see the best iPhone 14 prices). 

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Joseph Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment for creatives, from monitors to accessories and office supplies. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives, where he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and collaterals for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.