This is Apple’s new patent of a new kind of touchscreen. It is actually a touchscreen that is translucent (transparent) and you can use both sides of the screen. The patents simply suggests that Apple could develop a new generation of iPhone with a transparent panel. The new iPhone will just like the one we see when the flip is closed. When the flip is opened, you will see a flip phone with a large touch screen and a transparent touch pad.
It will not be surprised if Apple use the patent on laptops.