The internet is full of rumors that Apple has been working on a foldable iPhone, and the patents even show that Apple has experimented with different designs … but if there is anything I have learned about Apple, they only present products that fit perfectly into their ecosystem. , and spend years in product development in pursuit of perfection; although it can sometimes mean that competitors get ahead of them. That said, Svyatoslav Alexandrov’s iPhone Fold concept is an attractive case for a foldable smartphone. This is why.
From a strictly ecosystem perspective, the iPhone Fold helps Apple develop a product that fits into two categories: the very popular smartphone category and the dead mini tablet category. With the iPhone Fold, Apple could easily discontinue the iPad Mini and focus on professional-grade and high-end tablet devices. The folding phone would absorb the features of the iPad Mini, giving you a device that is literally the best of both worlds.
The iPhone Fold concept designed by Svyatoslav Alexandrov (for the ConceptsiPhone YouTube channel) comes in the familiar Galaxy Fold format, with a 6.3-inch primary screen on the outside and a larger 8-inch folding screen on the inside. It removes FaceID for the trusted TouchID and turns the entire home screen into a fingerprint sensor, so you can unlock your phone by simply swiping up. The lack of FaceID means a significantly smaller notch with just a front camera for selfies. The back, however, comes with the full iPhone 12 Pro camera setup, complete with wide-angle, ultra-wide, and telephoto lenses, along with a flash and a LiDAR scanner. Open your iPhone and it transforms into a square iPad Mini that’s designed to be perfectly portable. While the concept doesn’t say much about whether this device is compatible with the Apple Pencil, I’d like to think so, and designer Svyatoslav Alexandrov does mention that the concept is MagSafe-compatible and 5G-ready, making it a Pretty good iPad. replacement, all things considered.
Various sources say that Apple is already working on a folding phone and the patents show that the company is investigating the details of the hinges and even the folding batteries. However, until folding phones really prove to be a smartphone category that is here to stay, I suspect Apple’s experiments will never see the light of day. However, it’s fun to speculate how a foldable iPhone might fit well into Apple’s ecosystem by reviving one product line (the iPhone) and retiring another (the iPad Mini).
Designer: Svyatoslav Alexandrov for ConceptsiPhone