The patent of Apple's foldable iPhone has been turned into renders, and they give a good idea of how the device could look.
From the look of things, it could bend both ways, and no, it's not going to be another bendgate issue.
Foldable iPhone Imagined
Based on the renders, the device in question can be folded in half, similar to a flip or clamshell phone. Notably, it can bend forward or backward, just like a convertible 2-in-1 laptop. In other words, it can be used in what's called nowadays as "tent mode," allowing two users to view content on the two screens.
Unlike the Galaxy Fold that Samsung recently unveiled at its Unpacked Event, it doesn't unfold into a bigger screen, which essentially makes it a tablet. From what can be gathered, it's staying true to the smartphone form factor.
The Foldable Smartphone Era
Going by the current trend in the industry, it seems that the future is filled with foldable, bendable smartphones.
Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi are getting ready to showcase their own take on the mechanism. Meanwhile, Lenovo has been showing off their own work for years already, though LG doesn't seem to have plans to follow suit.
Now Samsung didn't release the world's first foldable phone. That honor goes to the Royole FlexPai, which was unveiled at CES 2019. At any rate, the South Korean brand is among the front-runners in this respect. For the uninitiated, the Galaxy Fold is scheduled to hit the shelves on April 26 with a whopping $1,980 price tag.
All things considered, it makes sense for Apple to start working on a device leaning toward what could be the future of mobile devices.