Apple’s plans for the foldable iPhone, or iPhone Flip, have been an open secret in recent weeks thanks to an influx of rumors and patent filings. Yet the latest leaks suggest that Apple has moved beyond the planning stage and is actively working on its foldable phone prototype.
The Economic Daily News (via MacRumors) reported on Monday that Apple had sent several prototypes for testing to its manufacturing supplier Foxconn. According to the report, Apple is aiming to enable it to understand at least 100,000 folds, and is weighing whether to use OLED or micro-LED displays.
We also know when Apple will reportedly aim to release this new phone: September 2022, which, coincidentally, would theoretically be with the iPhone 14. It is not clear whether this phone is Happen The iPhone 14, or a different model, was released concurrently.
We don’t know much about Apple’s prototype yet, but the company has traditionally produced most of its iPhones at the Foxconn campus in Taiwan for years. That part of the report is certainly true, but we will have to wait for further information before accepting this information as fact.
A leak last week suggested that this foldable iPhone would replace the iPad mini in Apple’s lineup, selling for $ 1,499 (about £ 1,100 / AU $ 2,100), Sport 256GB storage and 8GB of RAM, and coming in 2022 . Still it did not leak in the Question Hour. There is not a great success rate with predictions, so take this information with a few grains of salt.
Who we know and doubt about iPhone Flip
We have seen several Apple patents regarding our foldable iPhone in the last two years. Yet as Apple has many prototypes in production, these patents only show potential signs that the phone may carry, not insider information.
The first patent in early 2019 featured designs for a foldable iPhone that had the same display, including a sketch for a twice folding iPhone that looked like a Z when closed.
The Apple Z-Phone is not particularly likely, but according to a leak from John’s processor earlier this year, the iPhone Flip may actually be made up of two separate displays, one attached to the hinge, one also No foldable screen.
Another recent patent discovered in October shows that Apple hopes to make this new phone out of a material that over time uses external scratches, heat, lightning, electric current or other types of external stimuli. Automatically fix any scratches or dents.
Similarly, another October Apple patent showed the company envisioned a protective ‘hardcoat layer’ for foldable phones that would both prevent any microscopic cracks developing and filling over time.