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We may be getting foldable iPhones in 2021, but are they even necessary?

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Jan 15, 2021

In 2021, it seems that foldable iPhones may be on the horizon. So far, all we know is that two prototypes of folding iPhones have recently passed Apple’s durability tests. Though the idea of a foldable iPhone sounds exciting, we can’t help but wonder if they’re really worth the investment, and most of all, if they’re even necessary.


The Economic Daily News has reported that the two models that passed the internal factory tests were manufactured recently in a factory in Shenzhen, China. This move to create flexible and foldable phones is in line with the company’s own projected progress for the future, seeing as earlier last year they filed a patent for “electronic devices with flexible displays and hinges.”


The two prototypes are different: one is based on a dual-screen technology, and the other comes in the form of a flip phone, or a clamshell—following in the footsteps of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Though initial reports aimed to have these models out for the public in 2021, it seems that the tests will likely take more time and these models won’t be available before 2022 or even 2023.


Given the current state of the world, we’re not sure that what we need is yet another iPhone model, and especially not one that is prone to remind us of the early days of flip phones. Don’t you think that this energy may be better spent on say, saving the planet?


Photo mockup via MacRumors