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This news might be a far-fetched idea, but Apple is all out for it. According to the tech giant’s recent patent application published on Thursday, it may create future iPhone screens sporting displays that can unroll like parchments. Sounds interesting? Read on.

iPhone screens that can unroll like parchments

Curious about how it will work? Here’s the scoop. 

“An electronic device may have a flexible display. The electronic device may have housing portions that are rotatably coupled to each other so that the flexible display may fold along one or more bend axes,” the 21-page patent application from Apple read. “A device may have rollers that store a flexible display and that help deploy the display from within a housing when additional display area is desired.”

Apple’s patent application, titled “Electronic Device With Flexible Display Structures,” also recognized how displays are often made from rigid structures like glass substrates, making it challenging to form devices with such features, that is, rolling out like parchment. 

However, the company plans to address this by wrapping the flexible display around one or more rollers. 

“In a stored position, the flexible display may be wrapped around a storage roller,” the patent application went on. “Optional deployment rollers may be used to help deploy the display as the display is pulled out of the housing.”

The company also said this feature could be used for a mobile phone, a tablet computer, and even a wristwatch device. 

The patent application added that the phones with this feature could be made from metal, plastic, or other suitable materials. 

But don’t get too excited about this yet. This new patent application from Apple is just one of the thousands of patents the company applies for in a year. However, Apple also gets many patents granted every year, so this plan may be possible too. 

Other iPhone news

Meanwhile, in other iPhone news, security researchers revealed that the release of iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 last patches vulnerabilities and threats that can expose users to a new kind of attack, that which attackers gain access to the kernel. 

This recent vulnerability, known as ColdInvite (CVE-2023-27930), comes after the previously resolved vulnerability called ColdIntro (CVE-2022-32894). However, both these vulnerabilities enable attacks to get away from the secure “isolate environment” of a coprocessor or chips that help the central processor accomplish tasks more quickly. 

These attackers can then use these chips to access the iPhone’s kernel. The kernel is a vital part of the device’s operating system. We just have to wait until this vulnerability is mitigated. 

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