Some say that in telephony nothing becomes a trend until Apple launches it. It happened with fingerprint readers … and the same could happen with folding screens.
In 2020 we have seen quite a few folding mobiles. Even second and third attempts from companies like Samsung or Motorola. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 or the Motorola Razr 2020 have left a good taste in our mouths. When will Apple launch a foldable iPhone? Well if we listen to the rumors, pretty soon …
As reported by the Chinese media Economy Daily, via GSM Arena, Apple has already received the first folding screens by the hand of Foxconn Hon Hai. They are screens that Samsung will make, but Apple will have to decide if you want to use OLED or MicroLED technology.
You must also choose the type of folding you will use, since all the software that supports the folding screen depends on it. Tim Cook’s company has already registered different patents with different types of vertical and horizontal folding. This is one of them:
If you decide on MicroLED technology, the screen will have more brightness, more saturation and better energy efficiency, but it will presumably be more expensive.
The report indicates that Apple is also going to test hinges made by New Nikko for this folding screen.
New Nikko manufactures the hinges for MacBooks, which have been tested for more than 50,000 openings and closings. However these new hinges for the future iPhone with folding screen they are going to test in tests of 100,000 openings and closings, because a mobile is opened many more times than a laptop.
If the rumors are confirmed, Apple could launch the first iPhone with a folding screen in 2022. So we could have a foldable iPhone 14. But most likely it does not follow the numbering and has a name of its own, like the iPhone SE (2020).
A question that will surely give a lot to talk about, is the price. All current folding mobiles cost more than 1,000 euros, which is the value standard of an iPhone. So a variant with a folding screen could skyrocket at a record price.
If all goes well, in little more than a year we will have doubts.