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This Sept. 2, 2016, photo shows the earphone jack and charging port on an Apple iPhone 6, in New York. Apple is getting ready to unveil new iPhones on Wednesday, Sept. 7. With experts predicting few big changes from last year's models, speculation has focused on Apple's rumored decision to eliminate the iPhone's traditional headphone jack. It isn't clear what kind of hardware the company will promote instead, but the answer could be a hint at some of Apple's future plans. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Is Apple going to reinvent the flip phone?


So it might not be quite like the Motorola Razr, but it looks like Apple might be working on its very own, likely more advanced, flip phone. 

An Apple patent published Tuesday appears to show an iPhone with a flexible OLED screen that is designed to fold in the middle. Essentially, it would allow the whole phone to fold in half, making it small enough to fit into a pocket with ease. 

This is just a patent, so it is possible the company will never actually produce anything that resembles this, but it could signal that Apple is moving in a new direction. 

According to CNN, this isn't the first time Apple has shown an interest in flexible screens. 

Earlier this month, Apple was granted a similar patent for a foldable phone that opened more like a notebook. The company was also awarded a patent for a "flexible electronic device" in January of 2015. 

It's also possible that Apple is working to improve the durability of its phones. 

This could have been prompted by "Bendgate" in 2014. That's when customers complained that their phones became bent after they carried them in their pockets for a long time. At the time, an Apple spokesperson told CNN that a bend was "extremely rare." 

iPhone 6s Plus Bend Test

It's hard to say whether an iPhone flip phone is in the works, but some have speculated that the technology could be incorporated into products like the MacBook or iPad.

Moto 06.09.16

Earlier this year, Motorola teased the release of a flip phone Razr and the internet went wild, so maybe everyone is just ready for a dose of nostalgia. 

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