US Patent No. 11,071,218

ELECTRONIC DEVICES HAVING SLIDING EXPANDABLE DISPLAYS


Patent No. 11,071,218
Issue Date July 20, 2021
Title Electronic Devices Having Sliding Expandable Displays
Inventorship Michael B. Wittenberg, San Francisco, CA (US)
Owen D. Hale, Oakland, CA (US)
Tatsuya Sano, San Jose, CA (US)
Assignee Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,071,218


1. An electronic device having opposing front and rear faces, comprising:a housing having a first housing portion and having a second housing portion slidably coupled to the first housing portion, wherein sliding motion of the first and second housing portions relative to each other moves the housing between an expanded state and an unexpanded state; and
a flexible display supported by the first and second housing portions, wherein the flexible display is movable between an expanded viewable area configuration when the housing is in the expanded state and an unexpanded viewable area configuration when the housing is in the unexpanded state, wherein part of the flexible display is doubled back on itself when the housing is in the unexpanded state and wherein the first housing portion has an edge with a curved cross-sectional profile and wherein the flexible display wraps around the edge and is viewable at the front and rear surfaces when the flexible display is in the unexpanded viewable area configuration.