Patents are ever the fodder for speculation about what sorts of products they will produce. A patent application filed by Apple has turned up and shows that Apple may be considering a clam shell iPhone. The patent application is for protection of a special touch screen.
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The track pad would be translucent, touch sensitive on both sides and could be used as a display. Apple’s application further claims the screen could be used in desktop computers, laptops, music players and mobile phones.
Apple includes some crude line drawings with the application that could give a hint of the future look of the iPhone. The technology would be applied in a two part folding phone and when open one section would act as the track pad with an optional numeric display and when closed the device would be a translucent touch screen.
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