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When it comes to keeping secrets the US patent office is perhaps technology’s biggest nemesis and it has struck again with a beauty: Apple’s application for a flexible and even foldable new iPhone.

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Picked up by the eagle-eyed folks at AppleInsider, this week the United States Patent and Trademark Office -USPTO- awarded Apple a wide-ranging patent for “Flexible electronic devices” which “may include a flexible display, a flexible housing and one or more flexible internal components configured, to allow the flexible electronic device to be deformed.”

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In return Apple rewarded us with extensive concept drawings that left no-one in any doubt that it is looking at this technology for an iPhone.

ZipFM | Photos: AppleInsider