The Chinese edition of the Economic Daily News published a note that Apple is working hard to create a foldable smartphone model. The source of information was leaks from suppliers of components for the company’s devices in China. In particular, it is reported that the main contractor of Apple, Foxconn, has already manufactured a series of prototypes and is actively testing them.
Rumors about Apple’s intention to release a foldable version of the iPhone appeared back in 2017, after the corresponding patent was issued. Later leaks point to a likely release date of September 2022, which means there will be at least one more iPhone generation before the world is shown a clamshell smartphone. This is consistent with the data of Chinese laboratories and factories, whose workers hint at the desire of Apple to get the most reliable product. Therefore, the developers are in no hurry.
According to rumors, right now there is a selection of screens and hinges suitable for the folding model. Apple requirements – each node must withstand a minimum of 100,000 open-close. There are objective doubts that current OLED screens and micro-LEDs will cope with this task, and therefore Foxconn needs to conduct tests as soon as possible so that there is enough time to select or develop alternatives.