Apple Reportedly Prototyping - Foldable iPhone Screen? | IE

Ruben Fields
January 16, 2021

Ming-Chi Kuo from TF Securities wrote in a note to investors on Friday, "We expect that the high-end iPhone model will likely adopt the VC thermal system in the near future".

The Covid-19 pandemic has also complicated product development, with Apple hardware engineers only working at the company's Silicon Valley offices a few days a week and in limited numbers. However, talks about the exact form factor of a folding iPhone is still purely speculative at this stage.

The screens that are being tested reportedly have a "mostly invisible hinge with the electronics stationed behind the display", according to Bloomberg. Gurman's report states that Apple has begun working on a foldable iPhone.

Last year, the pandemic delayed the iPhone 12's release by several weeks, but Apple was able to still include almost every intended feature except an accessory dubbed "AirTags" for locating physical items like backpacks and keys. This means there are no prototype foldable iPhone models in Apple's lab.

Now, this is not the first time reports of a foldable Apple iPhone have surfaced. Apple replaced the physical Touch ID with Face ID on the iPhone X. The new biometric authentication tech is claimed to be more secure.

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Apple is months away from unveiling the 2021 iPhone models.

The feature would be convenient in an environment where users wear masks, which are often incompatible with facial recognition. In December past year, it was reported that the company may be working on a clamshell-like foldable smartphone.

Apple is said to be testing an in-display fingerprint scanner for the next iPhone.

The report also made mention of global mobile phone shipments dropping by 20 percent in Q1 2020, falling by double digits in Q2, with a similar single digit decline in Q3 before going back up single digits in Q4. Apple also has plans for a thinner and lighter entry-level iPad that uses the same design as the 2019 iPad Air.

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