Since laptops exist, the chassis of the machine joined to the screen by one or more hinges: in their place Apple patents an invisible hinge capable of giving a completely unibody design to MacBook, MacBook Pro but not only.
For years, the Cupertino multinational has filed patents regarding flexible electronic devices, in part or completely, for possible future iPhones, Apple Watches, MacBooks, including flexible solutions for batteries and screens. The solution for the invisible hinge is described as an adjustable folding structure, consisting of the overlap of different layers which can pass from an uncompressed state to a compressed state.
The substantial difference made possible by this solution in the design of the device, because the invisible hinge allows you to build a laptop that seems to be made in one piece, without the two separate parts between the chassis and screen plus a hinge as seen to date. Without a doubt a solution that would allow you to create notebooks with unique designs and looks. Even if in the images of the Apple patent a laptop with keyboard and screen is shown, in the description it is specified that this solution can also be used in combination with a flexible screen. Not only that: in the same Apple patent the invisible hinge and its structure are used not only in a laptop but also as a folding panel of an iPad cover that can also become a support, finally also in a cover for iPhone or iPad with a folding part on the back: flattened when not needed, or foldable as a support when the user wishes to use the device hands-free. Apple files hundreds of patents every year: it is not known if and when the patented technologies will be used in a commercial product. All the articles of macitynet that speak of Apple patents are available from this page, instead for all the news concerning Apple we start from this link.