Since 2019, folding screens have gradually become a hot technology in the smartphone industry. After all, this is already the most anticipated innovation. Although Samsung continues to promote the development of the folding screen production line, and manufacturers such as Huawei, Motorola, Rouyu, and Microsoft have also stepped into it, in general, the folding screen mobile phone is still a geek plaything for niche users who want to become a mature smart For the mobile phone category, there is still a way to go in terms of software and hardware.
To make folding screen attention and even sales to a new level, there is a manufacturer that is crucial- Apple. Previously, with Apple Watch and AirPods, Apple spurred the development of smartwatches and true wireless headphones. Even after the release of self-developed chips, PCs based on the ARM architecture are not so “tasteless”. Therefore, if Apple releases a foldable iPhone, this market segment will be more active.
In fact, Apple has been paying attention to foldable smart devices and has applied for many patents. The recent news seems to make this unreachable concept machine one step further from the market. According to people familiar with the matter, Apple is developing two folding screen mobile phones internally and is testing prototypes in Foxconn factories.
It is worth mentioning that one of Apple’s two “folding screen iPhones” is a dual-screen design (similar to Surface Duo). Although connected by hinges, the overall panel looks like one piece with almost no gaps. Another prototype uses a top and bottom fold design, which is similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip series or Motorola RAZR.
At present, the quality test of the two prototypes in the factory has come to an end. Apple may evaluate two options and choose one of them. According to analysts, the foldable iPhone may not be interviewed until the end of 2022 or even 2023. Of course, in addition to the distant release time, the price and configuration of the foldable iPhone may also reach new heights. However, in my opinion, the key to the success or failure of this device lies in experience. For Apple, which controls the iOS system, it may not be difficult to complete the adaptation of the system and applications to the folding screen and dual-screen. Therefore, what kind of experience the foldable iPhone will bring in terms of hardware and software, and whether this device can lead the foldable screen terminal to the next stage is worth looking forward to.