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A foldable iPhone is in the works, here’s what to expect

Do we really need this?

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Jan 19, 2022

Apparently, Apple will be releasing a foldable iPhone sometime soon. The iPhone would have an 8-inch QHD+ flexible OLED display and a silver nanowire touch technology from Taiwan-based TPK, with a release date of 2023.

 

Two prototypes for the foldable smartphone allegedly passed Apple’s internal durability test in January 2021. TPK shared: “the foldable design may be the most critical selling point for high-end smartphones by then, so we still need to monitor the contribution of the under-display fingerprint to the shipment of the new 2H23 iPhone.”

 

It’s possible that later this year Apple could also be introducing a series of new iPhones with a cheaper price tag, like an iPhone SE that supports 5G. Its “Pro” models, on the other hand, may arrive with a “punch-hole” display for the front camera plus a 48-megapixel wide-lens camera.

 

Apple has reportedly tested two different kinds of iPhone Flip: the first being a fold-out hybrid tablet, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, and the second in the form of a clamshell flip phone design similar to the Galaxy Z Flip range.

 

The rumors are that Apple will be going ahead with the clamshell design, though it is still too early in the development process and there is a good chance that these plans may change.

 

There’s also been some speculation that the new foldable display could potentially “heal” itself thanks to a “self-healing material” layer that would minimize the appearance of scratches or dents. This actually seems to be a great selling point and could minimize the need for replacing screens.

 

Some deep dive into the patent filings also reveal some of the things Apple may be considering for its foldable iPhone, including any future devices that might skip the clamshell design in favor of another.

 

It seems that Apple is busy at work trying out new versions and new systems for devices. From the Apple Glass, to the now claimed potential release of a foldable iPhone, these upcoming projects beg the question of durability and usefulness. Why would Apple be so invested in creating more and more devices when their current releases are functional and as fast as could be (or are they)?

 

This may have to do with the research that the company is conducting into iPhones potentially being able to detect depression. I guess this is all being done in the hopes of selling more products to consumers who can’t help themselves?

 

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