Samsung and some other smartphone manufacturers have already engraved their name when it comes to introducing foldable smartphones. Samsung’s upgraded Galaxy Z Fold 2 is one of the best on the market right now, and it has very limited competition at the moment. Apple, on the other hand, is lagging behind in the segment. However, it seems that Apple is investigating its way of introducing its own foldable iPhone. According to the latest, two collapsible iPhone prototypes have passed internal durability tests.
Two collapsible iPhone prototypes have passed internal durability tests, both have different mechanisms
Apple has reportedly completed tests of its own foldable iPhones with a hinge mechanism. The two collapsible iPhone prototypes have passed durability tests at the Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China. The news was shared by a Taiwanese website Economic Daily News. The first foldable iPhone to be tested is a dual-screen model. The model will have two separate screens connected through a hinge in the middle. Earlier in June 2020, Jon Prosser shared similar news and found that the screens look “quite continuous and seamless.
We also saw a similar patent from Apple which showed a device with two separate screens attached to a hinge. Going forward, the tested prototype sounds quite similar to it. The panels can be brought together to create a single collapsible unit. Although we did not have the collapsible iPhone with a flexible panel, the prototype is referred to as a collapsible iPhone.
The other collapsible iPhone prototype has a clamshell design such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or Lenovo’s Moto RAZR. Unlike the previous prototype, the iPhone prototype with clamshell will have a flexible OLED panel from Samsung. Older reports have stated that Apple ordered a large number of folding screens from Samsung earlier in 2020.
At this point, there is no word on which mechanism the hinges will use, or whether the two collapsible iPhone prototypes have the same mechanism. The prototypes being tested are not actual smartphones with internal devices, but several shells with little or no internal devices. The prototypes are only designed to test the durability of the hinge system. Apple has not yet considered which one it will continue with. Please note that Apple will only continue with one and push it to development. One of the latest videos by Jon Prosser also stated that the two prototypes have passed durability tests.
It would not be wrong to predict a collapsible iPhone in the future, given the number of patents Apple has filed for the technology. Please note, however, that no release date is mentioned. However, UDN has predicted that the foldable iPhone will not arrive until 2022 or 2023. We will share more information about the case, so be sure to stick to it. Also, do you want to see a foldable iPhone? Which prototype design do you prefer over the other? Let us know in the comments.