Apple fans have been anxiously awaiting official news on the company's foldable iPhone that is expected to arrive at some point in the future. As the tech juggernaut continues to file patents pointing to the device, a new entry has surfaced, which simultaneously suggests the foldable iPhone is on the way, and also details plans for a self-healing feature for the gadget.

According to the patent, Apple is working on a protective layer of the screen that is capable of healing itself using light, heat, and an electric current while the iPhone is folded close. This protective layer is said to cover the entire iPhone display. The self-healing function can then be set to perform automatically or manually by the owner.

Apple's foldable phone will follow other entries into the category from its competitors, including Samsung, Motorola, and Huawei, among others. One of the main issues manufacturers continue to encounter with such devices is the screen's durability. Because of this, a self-healing display feature would certainly set Apple apart from the pack.

Still, the company has yet to officially announce plans for a foldable phone, so you'll want to stay tuned for more on all things Apple.

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