It has long been thought that Apple was studying, through prototypes, the possibility of folding the iPhone. An interesting resource that other brands have already tested with quite mixed results. A resource that we do not expect to see in the short term, however.
The question of “what helps” beyond whether we can achieve it
As @dylandkt, a well-known leaker, tweeted, Apple has been developing prototypes of foldable phones for some time. Apparently, the company “is definitely working and testing several prototypes containing folding screens”, although there are still “too many compromises with the screen technology” so far, so the launch of such an iPhone seems rather distant.
According to Dylan, “There are also concerns about whether foldable smartphones will continue to have a place in the market or fall into obsolescence.” In this sense, the leaker says that Apple “intends to observe the market and correct the errors of its competitors.” A good strategy that we have seen in the past with other products.
Switching from an OLED display to a plastic display is a big change in terms of quality and durability. One of the commitments Dylan refers to. The one that would have a very negative impact on the experience of using the iPhone. At the same time, there is the question of water resistance. A hinge mechanism is the opposite of the waterproofness that iPhones boast so much about and even allow us to submerge them without risk to the phone.
A novelty, that of foldable phones, which can lose strength and interest over the months.
Looking at the market, and in particular talking about Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip3, it’s obvious that the other manufacturers, although they have launched some models commercially, are still in the beta phase of development, which Apple does not have. not intend to do.
As other manufacturers iterate over products that are apparently in beta, Apple wants to make sure the design isn’t a step back from the current iPhone form factor. They want to play along with it. game to see how the game progresses. technology “.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple could introduce a foldable iPhone next year, in 2023. The analyst then told us about 15 to 20 million foldable iPhones. Some figures possible thanks to the fact that Samsung would be the sole supplier of the panels. After seeing what we’ve seen, however, there are several conflicting rumors about foldable iPhones.
We don’t expect the iPhone 14 to feature a foldable variant. Changes in the design of the notch are expected, to cite an example, but everything seems to indicate that the arrival of the folding devices will not happen this next year. It’s something early to speak properly, but from experience I can say that if Apple had prepared such a drastic change in the iPhone, we would have heard more rumors.
As we always remember, we speak, and even speculate, based on unconfirmed information. For now, we’ll have to wait months to be able to speak more properly than we think Apple’s plans. Plans which, no doubt, take into account the folding devices, but which take their time to see what is the strategy to follow, that which consists in asking “what to do” instead of “will we be able to do it?” ? “.
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