In this week’s Apple Core summary, we are analyzing the latest clue about Apple’s vision for a folding device and listing our iPhone 2020 wish list based on what is really plausible.
Apple gets another folding iPhone patent
On Tuesday Apple received a new patent For a flexible display mechanism that would protect a screen from wrinkles when it opens and closes, a fault that has been widely criticized in the Galaxy Fold. According to the patent, Apple’s mechanism would prevent wrinkles by leaving more space between the two screen panels as they fold.
But a patent does not guarantee a product, and Apple is behind its rivals when it comes to the trend of folding phones. For example, The new Motorola Razr went on sale this week and Samsung is launching its second foldable Galaxy phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, to Samsung unpacked on February 11.
In the last 10 years, Apple has filed numerous patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office related to folding devices from iPhones to iMacs, and we have not yet seen a product. Most of these patents remember the designs of folding phones that we have seen in the market, while others seem totally outlandish. A patent discovered by My Smart Price at the end of 2018 shows a flexible device with an enveloping screen that can “origami” in different ways.
Even so, these patents suggest that Apple is still in the early stages of development and that the company is unlikely to have any of these ready for a 2020 revelation.
iPhone 12: what we Really to wish
Foldable or not, it is said that the iPhones 2020 bring a lot of features that Apple users have been waiting for, such as 5G connectivity and a new design. Even before the iPhone 11 came to light, rumors about the iPhone 2020 were already taking care of the attention before September last year.
The rumor mill has been coming and going about whether Touch ID will return, how drastic the redesign will be and if Apple will finally get rid of the notch. But with the next big iPhone launch even months away, nobody knows what features they will have and there is still time to make our wishes known.
These are some of the features that our editors most want to see on the next iPhone:
- Fullscreen: In order for the notch to disappear, Apple must first discover how to place the Face ID camera modules under the screen, which may not happen this year.
- 90Hz screen: These high-frequency update screens have been all the rage on Android phones (think of OnePlus 7 Pro and Pixel 4) and makes the viewing experience look super smooth for playing or scrolling through menus.
- Touch ID on screen: Face ID is not going anywhere, nor would we like it to. But an alternative form of biometric authentication would also be welcome. It is rumored that Apple is working on a Touch ID 2.0 for the iPhone, but Ming Chi Quo, a long-time Apple analyst, seems to think it may not happen until 2021.
- Portrait mode for video: Recent Samsung and LG phones have bokeh effects for video recording, but it is far from perfect. With the rumors of a new flight time camera, we will soon be able to see Apple stab this feature in the high-end models of the iPhone 12.
- More base storage: All those normal videos and in Portrait mode recorded in 4K take up a lot of space. It makes sense that Apple will raise the base storage level on the next iPhone to at least 128 GB, or increase the free level of iCloud storage to just over 5 GB.
- Reverse wireless charging: Another feature that the iPhone 12 could borrow from the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Note 10 is the ability to take advantage of other devices from the back of the phone, such as AirPods or Apple Watch.
- Better battery life.: Before entering the battery characteristics, how about simply increasing the battery life? Each year they seem to last a little longer, but there is still room for improvement in regards to the battery.
If we really wanted to shoot the stars, we could also ask for long-range wireless charging, holograms and folding screens, but for now we will limit our list to the possibility. More