Ever since the smartphone was first introduced, the world became fixated with the block-like design that seemed to only really change in length and width. But because of the years that have since passed, the market is looking for something different – and Apple might be coming through with its foldable iPhone.
A foldable phone is a thing of the close future
The idea of a foldable smartphone is not exactly novel. Several videos have emerged online proving that the concept is well within reach. But while prototypes are a thing of the present, the actual marketing and mass production has not yet been attained. In fact, Tom’s Guide discusses how Samsung, one of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers, is rumored to be working on a foldable handheld to be released in 2018.
But with its competition making waves in the future of tech, Apple definitely is not going to let itself get left behind. The Cupertino-based tech giant reportedly has its eyes on releasing a foldable iPhone as well.
It was claimed that Tim Cook and his team will be unveiling their redesigned handheld sometime in 2020. This offers a bit of a waiting game for consumers, which is fine since the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X were just released into the market.
But why are reports of a foldable iPhone already coming to light? As it is explained, this is because Apple is already working on getting the right parts for it.
LG, one of the leading players when it comes to all thing screen-related, has reportedly been tapped to provide the foldable screens of the iPhone. This is a smart move from the Cupertino tech giant as LG has already proven itself in the market as a trustworthy supplier of bendable and even roll-able PLED panels. Reportedly, Apple is turning to LG not just for its expertise, but also so that they can leave Samsung as in the dark as possible.
Other players in the foldable-smartphone mindset
While 2017 was largely about edge-to-edge screen designs and virtually bezel-less handhelds – as the likes of Samsung, LG and Apple have proven – this might all change within the next few years. And on the other side, several other players are waiting for another round of “Who Does It Best?”
ZTE could very well have their own version of a foldable phone in the works and Motorola teased a concept phone with a bendable screen more than a year ago.