There have been many rumors about the iPhone Flip, Apple’s reputation folding phone, but so far it has not been clear what kind of design the phone will use. A fold-out design like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2? Or a flip phone style clamshell like the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 3?
Apple is said to have considered both options, but according to a new report from Jon Prosser, it seems that Cupertino can go for the latter.
According to the latest episode of Front Page Tech, Prosser’s video show, sources say that Apple has put both iPhone Flip prototypes through the glove and has decided to focus on the clamshell design. That̵
Prosser notes that Apple is not very far along with this project, and rejects rumors and reports claiming that we could see the iPhone Flip as early as next year. Prosser also notes that Apple plans to release the phone in a number of “fun” colors, and speculates that this may mean that it will be set up as a universal device for the masses.
In other words, the iPhone Flip may not be as expensive as some other folding phones. Right now, the Galaxy Z Flip 5G sells for $ 1,199, which is $ 250 off the original price. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is currently priced at $ 999, which is a lot of $ 1000 discount since we reviewed the phone.
It is not clear why Apple would choose the clamshell design for the foldable iPhone. Obviously, a flip phone design takes up less space than a fold-out tablet, while still retaining a full-size iPhone screen. A larger tablet-like iPhone will inevitably be compared to the iPad, which Apple may want to avoid.
Of course, things can change. If the development of the iPhone Flip is still at an early stage, Prosser claims, there are still many opportunities for Apple to change lanes and go in a different direction.
Whether that will actually happen is another matter, and we do not know for sure until we start hearing more leaks, or Apple comes up with some kind of official announcement. I do not want to trust the latter to happen for a while.
We’ll give you more on iPhone Flip when we hear it. In the meantime, however, Samsung is preparing a Galaxy Z Flip 3 for this year.