Apple Is Developing A Foldable iPhone
23 March, 2018 | Technology
According to a Bank of America analyst, Apple’s next major upgrade to the iPhone will be to make it foldable.
The report says that Apple is working with suppliers in Asia to create this device, which will supposedly be launched in 2020.
The report says “Our checks also suggest that Apple is working with suppliers on a foldable phone (that potentially could double up as a tablet) for launch in 2020.”
Last year, it was reported that Apple had teamed up with LG to produce foldable OLED panels but the industry sources were anonymous.
For many years now, Samsung has been teasing a foldable smartphone and we have seen a few prototypes from Samsung and Lenovo but no device has been launched as of yet.
With the release of the iPhone X last year, we got to see Apple’s first flexible OLED screen as it curves at the bottom of the display. The device isn’t freely flexible but it does show the potential for the iPhone.
However, 2020 does feel like a bit of an unrealistic timeframe considering that’s only 2 iPhone upgrades away.
Building a foldable iPhone will be a huge challenge for Apple considering what it would entail. It’s not just about making a flexible screen but flexible internal components to a certain extent, and accomplishing that along with market demands of making smartphones thinner, more stylish and more powerful, it seems like 2 years just isn’t a long enough timeframe.
However it is clear that foldable devices will be the future of smartphones and that Apple are likely to be working on these technologies.