The Apple foldable phone is considered as the next big thing in the smartphone industry. With the major competitors having released their foldable handsets, the Cupertino company is strongly expected to release a flexible device of its own. But when can it be released? What will be its features, specs and price? You will find all the details right here.
Apple Foldable Phone Release Date: September 2020 or 2021
There has been a huge anticipation about seeing the release of a new Apple foldable phone either in 2019 or 2020. However, it looks like the Cupertino company is still busy working on the development of the device. So, the release will still take longer.
According to CNBC, Apple is still working on equipping the foldable technology in its device. So, there is a chance of seeing the release in in 2020. However, 2021 seems to be more likely, as mentioned in the summary of the investor note from UBS.
Apple releases almost all the new iPhones in September. We believe that the same thing will happen to the new foldable phone. We expect it to see its debut on September 2020 or 2021.
Features: In-Display Fingerprint Scanner, Advanced Screen Protection Technology and More
There hasn’t been much information about the specs. However, it is strongly expected to feature the newest A-series processor of the time of being released. Also, it will very likely to sport an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Designer De La Rosa reveals a beautiful concept of the Apple foldable phone. It utilizes Apple’s current designing trends. The iPhone X Fold concept features a 6.6-inch, 2960×1440 pixels external display. When unfolded, it transforms into an 8.3-inch 2960×2880 pixel internal display. Take a look at the concept:
The rendering doesn’t guarantee the inclusion of the specific screen. However, it gives you a glance of how the Apple’s foldable phone screen will look like.
Apple had revealed a patent on the foldable phone. It discusses about the issue of the flexible display being damaged at a certain temperature. But more importantly, it reveals a way of selectively heating the device. If the screen is too cold, the technology will disable the device from being folded. Then it will heat the hinge, paving the way for folding the screen safely. The technique will prevent the screen from potential damage while being flexed.
Overall, the screen will come with a far better protection system than any other foldable phone screens on the market right now. It’s one of the things that both Huawei and Samsung have failed to address with their bendable devices. So, it’s a great chance for Apple to shine.
There has been several concepts about the foldable mechanism. Recently, a designer, known as Ts Designer, has mocked up a 3D concept video showcasing the design of the foldable phone. Branded as “iFold,” the device has a large screen like the iPad, but folds into a typical iPhone. Take a look at this amazing concept:
However, the most realistic foldable mechanism comes from Roy Gilsing, a Dutch industrial designer, who delivered a great rendering following the revelation of Apple patent covering the folding iPhone. He revealed a concept of the laptop-style keyboard integration. It demonstrates the ability of Apple’s design aesthetic to deliver a truly transformative foldable phone.
The design looks quite similar to Nokia’s Communicator handsets. The phone lineup managed to create a massive fan base with the design. Apple also seems to be trying to achieve the same popularity with the laptop-style keyboard integration in its upcoming foldable phone.
According to most of the publications, including Forbes, Gilsing’s design seems to be very real. So, it will not be surprising to see an Apple foldable phone with the laptop-style keyboard.
Apple Foldable Phone: Will it be an iPhone or an iPad?
A typical foldable phone transforms into a tablet while being unfold. The same thing is supposed to happen for the Apple foldable phone. However, there has been contradictory reports. In fact, it might fall into such a category of foldable device that you have never seen before.
According to Trusted Review, Apple is not working on a foldable phone. Instead, it is working on a folding iPad. The online publication also claimed that the device will come with an in-display fingerprint scanner. The claim has created a massive buzz among the tech enthusiasts worldwide.
Nonetheless, most of the reports are claiming about the debut of a foldable Apple phone for a long time. So, it will be really interesting to see what comes out from Apple within the next couple of years.
The biggest hurdle for the Apple foldable phone to succeed in the market will be the high price tag. In fact, it’s the same hurdle that the existing foldable phones have failed to overcome. The starting price of the updated Galaxy Fold in the US will be $1980. We expect the foldable phone of the Cupertino company to start almost at the same price. In fact, it’s very likely to cost over $2000.
If it really happens, not everyone will be afford to buy it. Nonetheless, there is a huge enthusiasm among the tech enthusiasts worldwide. According to UBS, most of the people are willing to spend an additional amount of money, ranging from $400 to $500, for the foldable phone. Also, the device has a high demand for around a third of the consumers. In fact, there is a high appeal from the Chinese customers. However, the price tag of over $2000 will be significantly higher than the budget of the most of the consumers.
It will be really interesting to see how the foldable Apple phone overcomes this major hurdle once it sees the debut.