According to a couple of recent reports, Apple is currently testing foldable displays for a possible bendable iPhone. The scope of the work is apparently only the development of a foldable screen at the moment and the company hasn’t locked in plans to launch an actual device. Still, a foldable iPhone seems very likely, given that foldable smartphones are expected to be the fastest-growing category of flagship phones in the coming years and every major manufacturer is expected to have a bendable portfolio by 2025.
Apple has apparently developed both clamshell and book-like prototypes
and it was said to be leaning towards the former, which indicated that the device would be more of a Galaxy Z Flip competitor. This bodes well with a recent leak that also says the foldable iPhone will be targeted at young users
. The Cupertino giant has reportedly discussed numerous sizes, including one that’s nearly identical to the iPhone 12 Pro Max
A new report from research firm EqualOcean
paints a different picture.
Looks like the foldable iPhone will be a phone-tablet hybrid
Citing analytics firm Omdia, the reports say that the foldable iPhone will sport an OLED display which will be between 7.3 and 7.6-inches. More interestingly, the report also alleges that the phone will support a stylus. It’s best to take this bit with a pinch of salt as the Apple Pencil
is not compatible with any iPhone currently. That said, a 2019 prediction from investment bank UBS
, and a scoop from a Twitter leaker
suggest that Apple’s first foldable device will in fact be a foldable iPad.
At the end of the day, it’s too early to say anything, given that most rumors claim that a foldable iPhone is a long time off, including today’s report which pegs the launch timeline for 2023.