Apple's foldable phone may feature clamshell design
Ankita Chakravarti December 29, 2020
Apple has been rumored to be working on a foldable device for the longest time. Several leaks have suggested that Apple is indeed developing a foldable iPhone but the latest report has revealed that the device could feature a clamshell design. Apple's competitors including Samsung have already forayed into the foldable smartphone market.
As per tipster Jon Prosser, Apple could be working on a design similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Prosser said that Apple is working on a foldable device with a clamshell design, the prototype of which was seen in several leaks. Apple for now is focusing on the hinge of the device and testing its durability.
"This clamshell foldable iPhone will actually feature a foldable display. I am told it will feature a folding OLED display supplied by Samsung...I am told we will not get both versions of a foldable iPhone. Like Samsung has Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. No. It will be just this (clamshell) or other (book-style folding), at least at first," he said in the video.
Earlier in November, a report had claimed that Apple is receiving the foldable iPhone as testing samples from its suppliers including Foxconn and New Nikko. If all goes as planned for Apple, the Cupertino-giant would launch its first foldable device in September 2022. So this means the phone would be ready for launch next year.
The Economic Daily previously reported that Apple is evaluating whether it should use OLED or go for the microLED material for this folding iPhone. The type of material will determine the manufacturing process. The hinges that Apple has been testing alongside the OLEDs for dimply could be sourced mostly from New Nikko and go to Hon Hai (or Foxconn) for assembling.
Foldable phones are gaining momentum but the demand for smartphones is not as much. Besides only companies including Samsung, Motorola, LG, Huawei have launched foldable smartphones in the market.
On a related note, Apple was also rumoured to be working on a self-driving car and could launch it in the market in 2024. Reports have claimed that Apple would introduce a battery that could "radically" reduce the cost of the batteries and increase the vehicle's range. "As for the car's battery, Apple plans to use a unique "mono cell" design that bulks up the individual cells in the battery and frees up space inside the battery pack, one of the people said. That design means more active material can be packed inside the battery, giving the car a potentially longer range," the Reuters report said.