Apple is reportedly in the process of testing its first foldable smartphone. According to a Taiwanese media outlet, two tracks would be considered by the Cupertino company: a folding screen smartphone and another with two panels.
Foldable smartphones are a reality today. Samsung entered the market with its Z Folds and Z Flip, followed by other brands like Motorola with its Razr. But at the moment, these products are only a tiny minority on the market. Apple still hasn’t taken the plunge, but could do it soon. In any case, this is what the information given by the Taiwanese newspaper Economic Daily News suggests.
The site indicates that Apple is in the process of to actively work on its first model of foldable iPhone. The company would have recently completed durability tests at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen (China).
Two studied formats
Two models would be under study depending on the site. The first would be similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold, that is, with a large screen that folds vertically. The second would be a little more surprising, since it would take the form of a flip phone like the Z Flip, still from Samsung, with the difference that it would be equipped not with one but with two panels. A model already suggested by the leaker Jon Prosser a few months ago.
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This is not about finished smartphones, obviously, but prototypes of which we do not know if they are functional or not. For the time being, it is the durability that seems to interest Apple, as well as the format. It remains to be seen which of the two will have convinced the firm of Tim Cook, admitting that one of them has convinced.
If Apple’s foldable smartphone there are in the next few years, it will be a real upheaval for the iPhone range. We remember that the brand has already experienced major upheavals in the past, as with the iPhone 5 in 2012, which enlarged the screen for the first time, or the iPhone X in 2017, which introduced the famous notch. But the emergence of a foldable smartphone would be a much bigger revolution than these two examples and Apple is therefore betting big on it. It is therefore a question of having the most convincing format possible in the eyes of the general public.