The foldable smartphone is still in its infancy, but everyone is the industry is taking it seriously. It could be the next big shift in the smartphone industry, especially if Apple launches a foldable iPhone.
Rumours have been circling for a couple of years that Apple is also working on a foldable phone, like most other manufacturers. With the relative successes of the Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola Razr proving the segment has legs, it is the opportune time for Apple to swoop in with a foldable iPhone.
According to recent report, Apple’s foldable iPhone may not be what we are expecting. The prototype they are working on features two separate displays that are connected by a hinge – it doesn’t have a single foldable display.
This comes from leaker Jon Presser after an interview with someone in the know.
Apple’s “foldable” iPhone isn’t really a foldable. 🧐
The current prototype has two separate display panels on a hinge.
Round, stainless steel edges like current iPhone 11 design.
No notch — tiny forehead on outter display that houses Face ID.
He mentions that it will have Face ID without the need for a notch, increasing the screen real estate. Even though there is a hinge between the two displays, they still look “fairly continuous and seamless.”
It is understandable why they may have decided to go down this route, as the first batch of foldable phones do have their issues with durability. That being said, those kinks are being worked out and Samsung will improve on its initial issues with the recently leaked Galaxy Fold 2.
Apple’s foldable iPhone will therefore be more like the Microsoft Surface Duo, an upcoming Android device from Microsoft. Apple’s approach here may disappoint some, as many want them to push the envelope and push this segment of the market forward. TCL has even designed a device with multiple folds.
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