Recently, we've seen a lot of rumors about Apple making a foldable iPhone, specifically a clamshell clamshell phone.After Huawei, Samsung and Motorola, Apple also launched a foldable phone.
But when will we see a foldable iPhone?what will it look like?Will it perform well?Let's take a look at everything we know about the foldable iPhone right now.
Apple owns a patent for a foldable iPhone
Let's start with something we do know -- Apple holds multiple patents for a foldable iPhone.In particular, Apple has a USPTO patent covering a foldable iPhone with an "exposed display area."That is, the display is on the outside.
A 2016 patent details an iPhone that folds horizontally in half, featuring a flexible OLED display and a metal hinge.When the phone is turned off, the two halves of the display remain accessible.Another Apple patent describes two displays that are magnetically connected and can be used simultaneously.
This suggests that Apple is working on clamshell flip phones like the Galaxy Z Flip and larger devices like the Galaxy Fold.
What's more, another Apple patent demonstrates the working of a foldable iPhone's protective screen layer that would prevent cracks.According to the patent, the "iPhone" would have a hard layer that would fill in existing microcracks, making it harder for larger cracks to appear.
There are many other patents for Apple's foldable phone.One of the patents shows a display that surrounds the entire device.There's even a patent that explores how Touch ID could return to the foldable iPhone.Clearly, this is something Apple is actively working on.
In a positive sign for these patents, multiple Apple analysts have heard from people familiar with the matter that prototype devices are being tested.Prototype enclosures are being tested, Jon Prosser explained on a Front Page Tech show.Ming-Chi Kuo detailed expected screen sizes, Ross Young talked about the devices being tested, and so did Mark Gurman.
It's worth noting that many smartphone manufacturers, notably Apple, filed for numerous patents that never materialized.A patent only proves that a company is working on a product, not that it will actually be released.
How big is the foldable iPhone?
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who is 75 percent accurate on AppleTrack, explained in a report that the foldable iPhone will have an 8-inch display.A nine-inch display is also reportedly in the works.
The 8-inch display would be bigger than the current iPad mini (one of the best devices Apple has ever made) or the Galaxy Fold.This coincides with Ben Wood's recent report that Apple will be the first to release a foldable iPad.
From these reports, it appears that Apple is first developing a Galaxy Fold competitor before launching a flip phone.The eight-inch display had to be in a Galaxy Fold-style form factor, and that's purely because of the size.Also, nothing has been leaked about the dimensions of the flip iPhone, suggesting it may arrive at a later date.
What features might a foldable iPhone have?
Let's start with the display.According to Apple's patent, it appears that the foldable iPhone will feature an OLED display.That's not out of the ordinary for Apple, but it's nice to be confirmed.
Apple introduced a 13Hz display on the iPhone 120 series with ProMotion display technology.Therefore, it should also appear on the foldable display.Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Flip devices both have 120Hz displays, so we know it's possible.There have been rumors that Ming-Chi Kuo will use an e-ink display on the exterior screen of the clamshell model, but that seems unlikely.
When it comes to cameras, we're likely to see a similar upgrade.Few of the leaks specifically mention iPhone camera changes, so this is just speculation.It seems likely that the high-end foldable iPhone will feature three cameras and a lidar sensor, just like the current Pro iPhone.
Taking it a step further, the foldable iPhone could reintroduce Touch ID.We've heard for years that Touch ID might be returning to the iPhone, but it still hasn't happened yet.Perhaps a foldable iPhone is a more appropriate device to reintroduce Touch ID, since the folding display would prohibit the Face ID sensor from entering the notch.There is still debate as to which method is safer, so including both would be the best of both worlds.
As for other functions, I haven't heard of it yet.Foldable iPhone Being able to fold is a pretty big feature in itself.Many other features may appear in iOS software updates.
How much could a foldable iPhone cost?
The price of a foldable iPhone isn't the easiest factor to consider.There are many different factors, including when the device was released, what size it was first released in, and the price of competing products at the time.
The Galaxy Fold 5 currently sells for $1799, which isn't much of a drop from the first generation.Foldables are a relatively new type of device, so prices are likely to be high anyway.Book form factor devices cost the most and have the largest screen real estate.
A flip phone design could be more affordable, though. At $5, the Galaxy Z Flip 999 is one of the cheapest foldable phones out there.It's priced on par with the base iPhone 14 Pro.So maybe Apple will release this model first to attract more users.
As the price of foldable devices drops, it seems likely that Apple will launch a foldable device with the same base price.Apple and Samsung often retail flagship devices for the same (or very similar) prices, so that trend is likely to continue with foldables.
When will Apple release a foldable iPhone?
This is where things get wild.Previously, Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that the first foldable iPhone would be launched in 2023.That doesn't appear to be the case now, and there won't be a foldable iPhone in 2023.Rumors suggest that a foldable smartphone will arrive at a later date.
As you can see, Apple's foldable phone may be just around the corner, or a little further away.Things are of course unclear.Apple has been years behind on foldables, and another two years behind would put the company even further behind.
Leaks and rumors aside, Apple is expected to have a form factor update in 2024 or 2025.If Apple follows the consistent release pattern of the iPhone 6, iPhone X, and iPhone 14, then 2024 is the earliest time we can expect the next major iPhone refresh.
Apple could make foldable phones mainstream
While Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola have already launched a plethora of foldable phones, Apple could make the category mainstream.Most people still look surprised when they see a foldable device, so it's safe to say they're not an everyday smartphone just yet.
Foldables account for only 40 million of the nearly 800 billion smartphone devices in use today.Perhaps Apple will increase that number by releasing a foldable iPhone.
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