There have been many anticipations for Apple’s first foldable iPhone, which some call the iPhone Flip. A new leak apparently confirms that Apple will cause the best foldable phones from Samsung and others. Just don’t expect one in 2021 with the iPhone 13.
According to a report from Digitimes, Apple is unlikely to enter the folding market by 2022. But we do know a few details about the foldable OLED displays that Apple can use.
The Digitimes report suggests that Apple’s iPhone Flip will be a truly foldable phone, rather than a dual-screen phone like the Surface Duo. The report also concludes that by entering the foldable phone market, Apple will increase the demand for flexible OLED displays.
Although he would have taken delivery of flexible displays made by Samsung, the launch of a foldable iPhone will likely make other companies compete in an effort to win the Apple business with their own foldable displays.
This, combined with Samsung’s recent promise to make foldables more affordable, could see a decrease in the cost of flexible displays – and with it the overall cost of foldables. While we wait for an iPhone Flip or other foldable iPhone, Samsung, Motorola and others will look to expand the foldable phone market in 2021.
Samsung is said to have planned at least two foldable phones for next year, including the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 2. But there are also rumors that Samsung could launch more affordable Lite versions for each device.
What to expect from iPhone Flip
We don’t know much about the iPhone Flip, mainly due to Apple’s secretive nature and its habit of grouping all its revelations together. He didn’t even admit that it works on a foldable phone, although we can gather evidence from patents and other documents available to the public.
Patents I’ve seen include a new type of flexible glass that incorporates the iPhone 12’s ceramic shield. This enhanced the display power of the latest iPhone and would be a welcome addition to the comparatively fragile flexible glass I’ve seen. so far.
The patent illustrations also suggest that Apple would choose a foldable design, just like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, rather than an external display like the Huawei Mate X. This would explain why Apple also ordered the flexible displays of the Samsung.
In terms of prices, we can’t say for sure, but we don’t expect it to be cheap. Foldable devices are all expensive compared to other flagship devices, and Apple is unlikely to reverse this trend. When the cheapest iPhone 12 Pro Max is $ 1,099, a state-of-the-art foldable iPhone will probably cost a lot more.