Apple’s Foldable iPhone – What to Expect from the “iPhone Fold”
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Apple is expected to announce an âiPhone Foldâ with a flexible OLED display by 2024, and AppleInsider has created exclusive renderings to show what it can look like.
Rumors and patents show that Apple has been working on a foldable iPhone design for years. However, the technology required for such a device is only in its infancy and it is unclear what form the device can take.
Each year, more and more rumors arrive pushing further the planned launch date of the “iPhone Fold”. In September 2021, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he might not arrive until 2024.
Even as a pioneer in the folding technology of flagship Android devices, Apple is content to wait while the technology matures. Devices made available to the public have encountered issues ranging from poor software optimization to crumpled screens.
The patents show that Apple hopes to overcome these problems with complex hinges and display technology. Appleinsider based on our renderings on a few of those patents and the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Since “iPhone 14” could introduce a drastic redesign in 2022, renders of “iPhone Fold” pick up on these new elements. The flat sides combined with a punch-hole selfie camera and a flush-mounted rear camera module are the basic elements of this device.
We expect Apple’s foldable to open and close with no creases or seams on the screen. Fully closed, the device should only be slightly thicker than current iPhones, while open, it should be similar in size to the iPad mini.
It is not yet clear how Apple will optimize iOS or iPadOS for the foldable device. Not much may have to change if the screen only works in the fully open position. Apple may also allow three-quarter open or semi-open mode for gaming or chat apps.
Some foldable Android devices have multiple operating positions and even an external display to use when the main display is closed. However, it’s not clear whether Apple will embrace these more complex form factors.
For Apple’s first foldable, expect it to be an iPhone that can just open and close. Beyond that, Apple may not want to spoil the experience with experimental features or hardware additions.
The âiPhone Foldâ is rumored to launch in 2023 or 2024. Stay tuned for more exclusive renders of future Apple products on Appleinsider.