The Folding iPhone might have years until its unveiling
With the incredible innovation Samsung has shown us with the Galaxy fold we knew it was only a matter of time until we see iPhones take on a folding design. Many patents and leaks suggest that Apple is going to try and make a folding smartphone but they won’t be able to show the device until at the very least next march.
Should Apple Make a folding device?
If the hype for the Galaxy X is anything to go off, then yes they definitely should. Being able to fold your phone into an IPad is very revolutionary and it can give those people the innovation they are looking for.
We all know that iPhone and Apple in general are very popular and seen as a sign of ‘wealth’ in public. The folding iPhone will be the most expensive Apple device we have seen especially if Samsung are charging £2000 for their folding phone.
The negative to this idea however would be regarding the iPad sales. The Folding iPhone would definitely make iPads themselves quite irrelevant and possible cannibalise them entirely. We won’t truly know the effects of a folding iPhone/iPad on the sales until we see the device for ourselves in 2020.
We are essentially looking at an iPhone that can turn into an iPad by just bending open the screen. For some this is going to be a must-have, for others it’s nothing more than a gimmick.
The evidence for the folding iPhone?
The folding phone rumours started as early as 2016 when it was discovered that LG had been helping Apple create folding screens specifically OLED screens.
LG is working closely with apple to improve the screens and make them actually bend without breaking or shattering. The production of these screens was said to have started this year so it’s possible they could have already began construction on these screens or at some point this year.
Apple has filed for a few patents that involve the designs for the new flexible displays. We can see a few different designs but they do have their issues regarding the pressure and size of the device.
We can see a clear issue regarding the screen which seems to suggest that the screen is at risk of cracking under cold-conditions. Meaning the device would need to be in a warmer location for it to properly open without breaking. There is also a latch mechanism which would stop the folding phone from opening if the conditions were not right, this would stop peoples devices breaking but adds a restriction to the phones key-feature, folding
However patents are not supposed to be set-in-stone, meaning that the phone will change drastically upon release.
Possible release date
Apple is always late to the party, by this I mean the following. Apple did not release the first smartphone; they did not make the first iPod or the first smartwatch either.
So it’s no surprise that they aren’t ready for the release of the Galaxy Fold and subsequently once again won’t be the first to develop a folding smartphone. However they usually keep up with crazes like the smartwatches, smartphones, tablets, computers etc.
So we will eventually see a folding iPhone, that’s 100% for definite, but unfortunately they only just started production this year so we could be looking at 1-2 years until we can purchase one of these folding phones.
Seeing as March is a popular time for Apple to release products, it is possible we could see the folding smartphone in March of 2020, 2021 or at most 2022.
That’s all the information we currently have on the folding iPhone but as more leaks emerge we are sure to get some new information soon.