The company has been experimenting with folding iPhones and iPads products for a long time now. They have been trying to reduce the device’s size by removing parts that don’t fit well in their devices, and they are also experimenting with putting the display on one side of the device.
Apple’s foldable iPhone has been circulating for some time, and we may be getting closer to an official announcement. This is because the Korean tech blog The Elec recently reported that Apple has begun testing foldable display panels for iPhones and iPads.
The leak does not mention a flexible screen specifically but the lack of a polarizing filter surface, which is how current foldable screens are made. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and its Eco2OLED display use the same polarizer-free display technology.
Apple appears to be planning to use similar technology for its first folding iPhones.
The removal of the polarizer layer results in thinner folding displays, but at the expense of visibility and peak brightness. This is why foldable displays cannot compete with traditional flagship phone screens. As a result, OEMs are forced to increase the power consumption of the screen to improve the brightness. This also reduces the lifespan of the folding screen.
It will be fascinating to see how Apple intends to address these issues.
However, don’t place your bets just yet because the iPhone Fold won’t be available for a few years. Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst, predicts a 2025 launch.