Apple has begun early development work on a foldable iPhone and is planning incremental changes to its 2021 iPhone lineup, although a major upgrade could include an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
according to a Bloomberg Reported Friday, Apple still hasn’t solidified plans to launch a foldable iPhone. Thus, it has developed a prototype folding screen for internal testing, but the work has not progressed beyond performance.
Reportedly, Apple’s folding screen relies on “a mostly invisible hinge with electronics positioned behind the display”. The Cupertino tech giant has also discussed various screen size options, including a device that could be exposed to a 6.7-inch footprint similar to the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Bloomberg Note that Apple does not yet have a full handset prototype, and suggests that a foldable iPhone is either years away or may never debut.
Rumors of the “iPhone fold” have been appearing from time to time for years, although the concept mostly exists in the form of several patents. Previous reports have suggested that Apple is internally testing the folding iPhone prototype.
Instead of the folding iPhone, Apple is said to be focused on launching in 2021 on the next lineup of subsequent iPhone and iPad devices. Internally, 2021 is going to be the “S” year for the iPhone, which has some key designs or features. Changes compared to the iPhone 12 series.
Apple is reportedly testing a major critical update to the so-called “iPhone 13”, and is an in-display fingerprint reader.
The company ate Touch ID on its flagship devices in 2017, but the fingerprint authentication system is still used in many current iPhone, iPad and Mac models. There are also indications that Apple is working to roll back the feature to its premium handset to complement Face ID.
In August 2019, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that the 2021 iPhone lineup may feature both Face ID and Touch ID. Qualcomm, which is said to be a potential supplier of fingerprint sensor components, recently introduced a much larger fingerprint reader.
The company is also considering nixing the charging port in future iPhone models, leaving only the MagSafe charger and Qi as charging technologies. Apple is said to be planning a new iPad Pro similar to the current model for the iPad, but with a mini LED display and faster processor.
Eventually, Bloomberg Confirms that Apple will launch an “AirTags” tracking device in 2021.