Report: Apple developing “self healing” tech for smartphone screens

To all the clumsy iPhone owners out there, Apple brings to you some really good news.

Apple is working on a technology that works on ‘self-healing’ screens, which means the dents and scratches will get automatically repaired.

This technology will be applicable on a foldable iPhone, along with several other devices, as revealed by a patent application by the tech giant

However, the exact mechanism of this technology is not yet clear.

It is known to use elastomer, which generates little heat that in-turn will stretch and resume to its original shape.

As described by the patent application, “During operation of an electronic device, the display cover layer for the electronic device may be scratched or dented. To improve the aesthetics of the electronic device, it may be desirable for the presence of scratches and dents to be minimized.”

“To help mitigate the number of dents, scratches, or other imperfections in a display cover layer, the display cover layer may include a layer of self-healing material.”

The patent adds “The layer of self-healing material may be formed across the entire display cover layer or may be formed only in the flexible region of the display cover layer.

“The display cover layer may include a layer of an elastomer in the flexible region of the display cover layer for increased flexibility. The layer of self-healing material may cover the layer of an elastomer in the flexible region.”

The application further adds, “Self-healing may occur in the layer of self-healing material without prompting. Alternatively, the self-healing may be initiated or expedited by externally applied heat, light, electric current, or other type of external stimulus.”

The technology will use heat as a stimulus for the entire self-healing process.

While the display cover layer may consist of transparent conductors that will create a heating layer. The heating layer may generate heat to stimulate self-healing.

Apple is yet to reveal about the patent application, whether the tech could be used on different devices or not.

This technology can bring about major changes, one of them is definitely going to be relief from stress-related to breaking screens of your favourite gadgets.