Rumors of a new foldable iPhone are gaining increasing attention. On Monday we saw Jon Prosser talk about the possibility of two foldable iPhone designs being tested to determine which device will be Apple’s first foldable phone and it appears that the test results are in.
According to Taiwanese website Economic Daily News, Apple had tested two foldable iPhone designs at a Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China, and both designs achieved positive results. The tests were done to see if the hinge system for the two devices would withstand daily use and it appears that both of them passed.
The first foldable iPhone tested was a dual-screen mock-up, which has been rumored to have been surfacing since June 2020 when Jon Prosser tweeted that this prototype has two separate display panels on a hinge, although the two separate displays would appear pretty continuous and seamless when extended. We’ve seen Apple get patents on devices that fall under this description, even though they’re more geared towards iPads, and a double-fold device design that was first seen in May 2019.
Apple’s “foldable” iPhone isn’t actually foldable. 🧐
The current prototype has two separate display panels on a hinge.
Round stainless steel edges like the current iPhone 11 design.
No notch – tiny forehead on the outer display where face recognition is located.
– Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) June 15, 2020
The second foldable iPhone is said to have a clamshell design that makes it look like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or the Moto RAZR. This device is expected to be equipped with a flexible OLED display from Samsung, which would have sent several display samples to Apple for testing purposes in early 2020.
In a recent video, Jon Prosser said that Apple would have to choose one of these two foldable iPhone designs as only one of them would hit the market. However, we may have to wait until the end of 2022 or 2023 for this new foldable iPhone to hit shelves.
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