Don't Wait for a Foldable iPhone
Apple might be working on a foldable version of the iPhone, but it sounds like it won't be ready until 2023.
We've seen patents hint at a foldable iPhone but this doesn't confirm anything. The most recent patent reveals plans for a protective layer that will help prevent cracking on foldable displays.
Leaker Jon Prosser says that Apple is working on a "foldable" iPhone, but that it isn't really a foldable. The The current prototype reportedly has two separate display panels on a hinge.
He says the current model features round and stainless steel edges like the iPhone 11 design. It reportedly doesn't have a notch.
Prosser hasn't put out a potential window for the device's launch which means its arrival could be a long ways out.
A leaker believes Apple is working on a foldable device that will be more like an iPad than an iPhone. They claim the device will debut in 2023.
A report out of China states that Apple is sending foldable iPhones to its Chinese partner Foxconn for testing. Economic Daily News claims the device's projected release date is September, 2022.
Another report from Bloomberg states that while Apple "has developed prototype foldable screens for internal testing" the company "hasn’t solidified plans to actually launch a foldable iPhone." In other words, a launch is a long way out.
As for Kuo, he believes Apple could launch a foldable iPhone with a 7.5-8-inch display in 2023. The device, as other sources have noted, is apparently still in the research stage of development.
In a new report, Kuo claims Apple is working to release a new iPhone with an 8-inch QHD+ flexible OLED display in 2023. He also believes Apple will ship 15 to 20 million foldable iPhones in 2023.
So at this point you should operate on the assumption that a foldable iPhone will definitely miss 2021 and will more than likely miss 2022 as well.
If a foldable device interests you, you should check out Samsung's Galaxy Z series.
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