Foldable smartphones have been around for some time now. However, just as it was with 5G, Apple does not have a foldable phone many months after the first foldable phone hit the market. We have a couple of foldable phones from the likes of Huawei and Samsung and it is becoming more popular. The rumors about the foldable iPhone have been around for a long time. The arrival date of this phone is getting closer but it will not launch anytime soon.
The latest rumors indicate that Apple is already testing some foldable iPhone designs. The company will eventually choose a design that it may put on the market. According to Jon Prosser, several of his sources claim that Apple is currently developing two foldable devices.
The first device is the same as the previous ones, with two displays and a hinge between the screens. The design is similar to Microsoft’s Surface Duo. The second device uses a clamshell design, the design should look like the Galaxy Z Flip as well as the latest Moto RAZR.
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The report also claims that the case of this device is being tested at the Shenzhen Foxconn factory. These shells are not the entire device because Apple may want to see how durable the hinge mechanism is. This device will indeed be equipped with a foldable OLED display, which will be provided by Samsung. They also stated that Apple is still trying to decide which of these two designs to use because only one will be available.
However, we are not expecting this foldable iPhone anytime soon as the report claims that we may have to wait until September 2022 to see a foldable iPhone. In other words, Apple fans will have to wait a while before they will see these new foldable iPhones.
Foldable iPhone in development
According to a new report from Economic Daily, Apple is being sent samples of folding phones from its Chinese suppliers including Foxconn and New Nikko. For now, the giant seems to be evaluating whether to use OLED or microLED displays for a folding device. The decision may affect the folding device’s manufacturing processes as microLED is a new emerging display technology. It’s not established yet but will offer some advancements like extra brightness, saturation at a low power cost.
Furthermore, the report states that Apple is entering the testing phase of devices featuring folding screens. Samsung is reportedly the supplier of the display tech. The supply chain states that the hinges used on Apple’s folding iPhone or iPad will mostly come from New Nikko. Foxconn will have the responsibility of assembling this complex device. For Nikko, developing hinges is something familiar. After all, it worked with Apple to produce hinges for MacBooks.