CNET: Apple’s foldable iPhone could be further out than we thought

But the iPhone won't be the only foldable. The iPad may be the first of Apple's devices to bend to the trend.

CNET: Apple's foldable iPhone could be further out than we thought
CNET: Apple's foldable iPhone could be further out than we thought

We may have to wait a while for a foldable iPhone and a TouchID comeback. In this week’s Apple Core roundup we’re fast forwarding to 2021 when Apple is rumored to launch a foldable iPad and an in-screen fingerprint scanner.

We’re also looking at how the iPhone 11 rumors stack up against Samsung’s newest Note 10, and we’re giving you the latest on how to get the Apple Card. 

Foldable iPad in 2021

Analysts say a foldable Apple device is coming, but the iPhone may not be the first to fold. Based on the multiple patents Apple has filed over the past few years, it’s no secret the company is at least exploring the possibility of bringing this type of device to market, but up till now we were expecting it to be an iPhone. 

According to an investor’s note from UBS cited by CNBC Apple is “steadily working on the technology,” first for the iPad and then for the iPhone, but it likely won’t be ready for prime time until 2021. 

The report also suggests pricing might be one of the biggest hurdles to bringing a product like this to market. A survey found that while people are interested in a foldable Apple device, they’re willing to spend a maximum $600 more for it (compared to the price of a non foldable phone).

That’s less than the cost of the Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone, Samsung’s ill-fated foldable phone, which was $2,000 at launch (it’s currently not available). More

By VANESSA HAND ORELLANA https://www.cnet.com