Apple working on foldable iPhone? Check out expected features, launch date

Ruben Fields
November 18, 2020

The Economic Daily News (via MacRumors) claims its supply chain sources tell it the testing involves the evaluation of OLED and Micro-LED display technology, to decide which screen will be used, which will affect assembly methods.

Before heading into mass productions, laptops like the MacBook Pro need to be opened and closed between 20,000 and 30,000 times. If this timeframe is accurate, then Apple's foldable iPhone will be introduced with the iPhone 14 series.

According to leaker Jon Prosser, Apple's foldable phone will be similar to Microsoft Surface Duo. A report by Taiwanese news website Money.udn.com said, "According to the supply chain, Apple is now testing key components such as the screen and bearings of the folding machine in order to make the first folding iPhone come out as soon as possible". But microLEDs, the newer of the two technologies, offer considerably brighter displays.

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Apple clearly wants to avoid the hot mess that was Samsung's first folding smartphone, the Galaxy Fold by making sure that the first folding iPhone is able to deliver on its promises. Interestingly, Apple will be relying on Samsung for the foldable display panel. Another report has also come out that after launching the foldable iPhone, Apple will discontinue the iPad Mini. It is said that the hinges on the foldable devices will reportedly be tested for over 100,000 actuation.

Reports suggest the unreleased foldable iPhone will be designed with a continuous display, not two separate display panels. But Apple usually takes a different approach and waits until technological advances are fully realized before jumping on the bandwagon. But it also sees how other providers struggled after rushing their foldable mobile devices to the marketplace. It is not the first time we are hearing such kind of news. This clearly suggests that the company is planning to come up with a foldable iPhone.

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