Apple is anticipated to unveil an “iPhone Fold” with a flexible OLED display by 2024, and AppleInsider has generated exclusive renders of what it could look like.
Apple has been working on a folding iPhone design for years, according to rumors and patents. However, the technology required for such a gadget is still in its early stages, and it is unclear what shape the device would take.
Every year, new rumors emerge, pushing the predicted release date of the “iPhone Fold” back even farther. Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst, said it will not arrive until 2024 in September 2021.
Unlike Apple, Samsung has been publicly developing folding technology with the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Samsung Galaxy Flip. Apple is exploring both form factors for its first foldable device, but it appears to be favoring the flip design.
While flagship Android handsets pioneer folding technology, Apple is content to wait for the technology to evolve. Devices that have been delivered to the public have had faults ranging from inadequate software optimization to wrinkled displays.
According to patents, Apple intends to solve these problems using complicated hinges and display technology. AppleInsider’s graphics were inspired by a couple of these patents as well as the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Since the “iPhone 14” is expected to undergo a significant redesign in 2022, the renders of the “iPhone Fold” incorporate those new elements. The main characteristics of this device are flat sides, a hole-punch selfie camera, and a flush rear camera module.
We anticipate that Apple’s foldable display will open and close without a crease or seam. When fully closed, the gadget should be only slightly thicker than existing iPhones, yet when open, it should be comparable to the dimensions of the iPad mini.
It’s unclear how Apple plans to optimize iOS or iPadOS for the folding gadget. If the display only works in the completely open position, little may need to be changed. Apple may also allow a three-quarters or half-open option for gaming or chat apps.
Some folding Android devices offer various operating positions as well as an auxiliary display for usage when the primary display is closed. However, it is unclear whether Apple will use these more sophisticated form factors.
Apple’s first foldable device is expected to be an iPhone that can fold open and shut. Aside from that, Apple may not want to taint the experience with new features or hardware.