APPLE may be working on a secret foldable phone – and stunning new concept renders reveal what it could look like.
A designer has mocked up a 3D concept video showcasing a new iPhone with a folding screen that doubles as a tablet.
The stunning device, which is branded ‘iFold’, imagines a future where Apple sells foldable mobiles.
The handset – created by YouTuber Ts Designer – has a large screen like an iPad, but flips back down to typical iPhone size.
This year has seen a sudden flood of foldable phones from top brands like Samsung and Huawei, along with lesser known rivals TCL and Royole.
And although we’ve heard nothing from Apple on the matter, there’s plenty of speculation about a folding iPhone.
Earlier this year, we spoke to industry expert Ben Wood about Apple’s interest in foldable phones.
He said that Apple has almost certainly been trialling foldable screen designs behind closed doors.
“It is inconceivable that Apple has not been experimenting with flexible displays in it design labs for years,” Ben, of CCS Insight, told The Sun.
However, Ben pointed out that Apple is “rarely the first to embrace cutting-edge technologies like this” – and instead prefers to wait, and get the tech right.
“You can be sure Apple will be scrutinising the new products from Samsung, Huawei and others with a forensic level of detail trying to figure out how Apple can best deliver a foldable iPhone,” he explained.
The jury is still out on whether foldable phones are actually going to catch on.
The idea is that you can carry a large tablet-sized screen around with you, which then folds down into a pocket-able smartphone.
However, getting high-quality screens to bend is difficult, which makes producing foldable phones extremely costly.
For instance, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold will set you back about £1,800 in the UK, while Huawei’s Mate X will cost upwards of £2,000. More
By Sean Keach, Digital Technology and Science Editor https://www.thesun.co.uk