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What do we know about the new foldable iPhone?

Perhaps one of the most puzzling questions surrounding Apple's future smartphone plans is whether the company will release a foldable iPhone anytime soon.

Samsung, Apple's biggest competitor in smartphone sales, has released several generations of foldable smartphones over the years and is considered by some to be the current market leader. Other companies such as Huawei and Motorola have also launched their own foldable smartphones, and even Google released a foldable version of its popular Pixel smartphone.

On this note, Apple has already filed patents for a new foldable phone, but the company's immediate plans are not as clear as some reports suggest that it may launch its own foldable phone. Some have said it may do so by 2025, but other reports say it's unclear whether the company will focus on the foldable phone market. Market analysts at Trend Force also suggested that screen curvature issues could delay the launch of Apple's foldable device until 2027.

It's hard to predict when the foldable smartphone will be released since Apple hasn't confirmed the details, but here's what we can expect for now based on reports and leaks.

Foldable iPhone

We have recently learned that Apple is developing a foldable iPhone. What do we know about this new product so far?

Apple is reportedly still working on the design of an "iPhone Flip" phone, which is consistent with a report from The Information last February that indicated the company was working on two sizes of foldable phones. The phone would be clamshell-style, like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Motorola Razr Plus.

But the company seems to be struggling to meet its high expectations, with its design team reportedly wanting the iPhone Flip to be half as thin as current iPhone models and for the outer screen to be visible when the device is bent. 

The report also claims that Apple has stopped development of the iPhone Flip in 2020 to focus on a new project: a foldable iPad. The device could have an 8-inch screen, roughly the same size as an iPad mini, and the foldable tablet will be less rigid and thinner to avoid the pocket-sized nature of devices like the iPhone Flip. According to a report published by Bloomberg in 2021, Apple already had a working prototype of a foldable screen for the iPhone. 

While it's still not a working prototype, it is a step further than any patent the company has filed so far. In February 2019, Apple filed a patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office demonstrating a variety of foldable phone designs, some of which included a large built-in display with a single hinge, while one model included two hinges, three displays, and a method of bending the screen into shape. Z. In March 2020, a patent surfaced indicating that Apple was considering a foldable device with two screens separated by a single hinge. In April 2022, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that Apple was testing foldable OLED displays.

A report in May said Apple had signed a deal with mobile phone screen supplier Samsung Display to develop a foldable phone. As for the software and operating system, that will depend on whether the company decides to launch its first foldable device in the form of an iPhone or an iPad tablet. If it's an iPhone, we can expect it to come with the latest iOS by the time it's released, but with additional features suited to a foldable device. In the case of a tablet, you can expect the same, but use the last iPad OS in the version.

Why does Apple take so long?

Perhaps one of the biggest obstacles is the visible curvature of a foldable phone\'s screen, and it\'s understandable that Apple, with its famously high design standards, is looking for ways to eliminate this obstacle.

Many current case materials, such as the glass-plastic combination used by Samsung in the Z Fold and Z Flip, exhibit a visible crease when the device is opened to its full size. To avoid this problem, Apple will most likely wait for Corning, the company that provides a drink for the iPhone will offer a folded version of its ceramic shield screen, and the company is already working for foldable glass, but has not announced The release date.

The price of these devices is another big problem for Apple, because most of the phones in this category are twice the price of most flagship phones. We cannot expect the foldable iPhone to be cheaper than its competitors in the market because Apple's foldable phone needs to conform to current models to be able to compete with other brands and attract users to iPhone to abandon their disposable models. devices with screens and pay more for a foldable phone.

A report last year found that half of U.S. consumers are interested in purchasing a foldable phone, although Apple customers are less likely to take the plunge than Samsung or LG users. But Apple's influence could change these statistics if the company launches the iPhone Flip in the coming years.