Rumors have been circulating about a possible iPhone Flip for a while, although it’s just rumors and nothing more than that. Now it looks like the foldable may become a reality.
This information comes from South Korean news site The Elec. In a message it is reported that Apple is producing a new type of OLED display. This screen does not contain the usual optical filter that you expect with OLED. This is to make the display thinner, making it ideal for folding devices.
This type of screen is not new. In fact, Samsung uses similar techniques for the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Samsung Display (a separate branch of the electronics giant) now produces the screens for Apple.
That doesn’t mean the release of the iPhone Flip is near, though, so we shouldn’t rush it.
Analysis: don’t expect a foldable iPhone soon
Just because a post claims Apple is making foldable screens, that doesn’t mean a foldable is on the way.
Other parts have yet to be designed, such as the hinge, chassis and other components. It is not clear whether these screens are for a final product. They may be prototypes.
An important step in making a smartphone is the research phase. Prototypes are made here to test whether certain techniques work.
Perhaps these screens are made for test models to see what works well. So you don’t have to set aside savings for a foldable iPhone just yet. In fact, in Apple’s labs, you can find countless designs that will never see the light of day.
Still, this suggests that Apple is planning to go with some prototypes. So the planning phase may already be over. However, that says little about the possible release date of such a device. Apple seems to be working on it, but there is nothing more to report yet.