As the Android world prepares for even more folding smartphones, will Apple join the party?
By Ewan Spence
I’m very confident that Tim Cook and his team have a folding iPhone, but I’m less certain if it will ever see the light of day.
Details on the potential shape-shifting smartphone come from noted Apple leaker Jon Prosser, who has built up a strong track record during 2020, with a number o artistic renders being supplied in the replies:
Apple’s “foldable” iPhone isn’t really a foldable. The current prototype has two separate display panels on a hinge. Round, stainless steel edges like current iPhone 11 design. No notch — tiny forehead on outer display that houses Face ID.
In other words, it’s more like Microsoft’s Surface Duo than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold 2 (both of which are heading for a head-to-head release later this quarter). The difference, according to Prosser, is that the two displays in Apple’s unit are going to be close enough together along the hinged edge that the effect will be that “…when the displays are extended, it looks fairly continuous and seamless.”
Because that’s what research departments do. They bring together the latest ideas, try them out, and any that show promise will no doubt be built up in kit bashing form to see if they actually work in real life.
While I have no specific knowledge on this, I am one hundred percent confident that this handset exists inside Cupertino. Just as I am confident that Apple will have a folding iPhone with a single curving screen, an iPhone that will flip closed like a Motorola StarTAC, an iPhone with no external ports at all, and other crazy designs. More
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