The Internet is riddled with rumors that Apple has been working on a collapsible iPhone, and patents even show that Apple experimented with different layouts … but if there’s one thing I learned about Apple, they only debut products that fit perfectly. in their ecosystem, and they spend years on product development in pursuit of perfection; although it can sometimes mean that competitors beat them. With that said, the iPhone Fold concept by Svyatoslav Alexandrov makes for a compelling case for a foldable smartphone. Here̵
From a strictly ecosystem perspective, the iPhone Fold helps Apple develop a product that fits into two categories – the very popular smartphone category and the kind of dead mini-tablet category. With the iPhone fold, Apple could easily quit the iPad Mini and focus on the latest, professional tablets. The foldable phone then absorbs the features of the iPad Mini, giving you a device that is literally the best of both worlds.
The iPhone Fold concept designed by Svyatoslav Alexandrov (for the YouTube channel ConceptsiPhone) comes in the familiar Galaxy Fold format, with a primary 6.3-inch screen on the outside and a larger, 8-inch folding screen on the inside. It ditches FaceID for reliable TouchID, turning the entire primary screen into a fingerprint sensor – so you can just unlock your phone by swiping upwards. The lack of FaceID means a significantly smaller notch with only one front-facing camera for selfies. However, the back comes with the entire iPhone 12 Pro camera setup, with wide, ultra-wide and telephoto lenses, along with a flash and a LiDAR scanner. Open the iPhone up and it turns into a square iPad Mini that is designed to be perfectly portable. Although the concept does not say much about this device supports Apple Pencil, I would think it does, and designer Svyatoslav Alexandrov mentions that the concept is MagSafe compatible and 5G ready, which already makes it a pretty good iPad replacement, everything Considering.
Several sources say that Apple is already working on a foldable phone, and patents show that the company is investigating hinge details and even folding batteries. Until folding phones really turn out to be a smartphone category that is here to stay, however, I suspect that Apple’s experiments will never really see the light of day. However, it’s fun to speculate on how a foldable iPhone can fit well into Apple’s ecosystem by reviving one product line (iPhone) and pulling another (iPad Mini)!
Designer: Svyatoslav Alexandrov for ConceptsiPhone