Apple is rumored to launch a foldable iPhone, tentatively named the “iPhone Fold,” with a flexible OLED display in 2025. While the company has been working on the technology for a foldable iPhone for years, the necessary technology is still being developed and not it is clear what form the device will take.
There have been conflicting rumors as to whether the device will be a foldable phone or take the form of an iPad mini-sized product, as the renders suggest.
Apple has taken its time perfecting the technology for a foldable, as devices released by other companies have encountered problems like poor software optimization and creased screens. Unlike companies like Samsung, which have been rolling out their folding technology in public with the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Samsung Galaxy Flip, Apple has been more secretive about its efforts.
However, the patents suggest that Apple is working on complex hinges, new screen technology and wrinkle-free hybrid OLED to overcome these issues and ensure that the “iPhone Fold” is a high-quality product.
In terms of features, the “iPhone Fold” is likely to feature a USB-C port and support MagSafe, Apple’s wireless charging and accessory system. The device may also use Touch ID or Face ID for biometric authentication. Face ID placement could be tricky on a foldable device that can be used open or closed, so it’s possible that the external power button could be used for Touch ID instead.
When it comes to the operating system, it’s unclear how Apple will optimize iOS or iPadOS for the foldable device. You may have to change a bit if the screen only works in a fully open position, but there’s also a chance that Apple will allow use in partially open positions for certain apps, such as games or chat apps.
One challenge that Apple will have to overcome in the design of the “iPhone Fold” is the placement of the cameras. To provide high-quality images and videos on both the external and internal displays, cameras will need to be placed on both sides of the device. Some foldable Android devices have multiple operating positions and even an external screen to use when the main screen is closed, but it’s unclear if Apple will adopt similar features for its first foldable device.
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