Apple iPhone Flip – Possibly Apple’s first foldable phone will be the iPhone Flip.
Here is what we currently know.
We haven’t heard any rumours or nuggets of information concerning the alleged iPhone Flip in a while.
But that doesn’t mean nobody is considering the potential design of a foldable iPhone.
Apple has certainly been active in the smartphone market.
The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro were released last fall, and according to speculations, work has already begun on the iPhone 15 improvements for 2023.
None of those phones, though, can be folded in half.
Expected release date for the iPhone Flip
The exact release date of the iPhone Flip is unknown, however the most current rumours point to a 2023 or 2024 debut.
Display analyst Ross Young has predicted that Apple would release a foldable iPhone in 2023, and he has a history of being right about his predictions.
However, even Young believes that the release of such a gadget will most likely occur around 2024.
According to a prediction made by Ming-Chi Kuo, a foldable iPhone might not be accessible until 2025.
Ben Wood, another analyst, predicts that at the very least, a foldable iPad will be available before then.
Foldable Display on iPhone
Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the first foldable iPhone will have a huge 8-inch screen.
That would surpass the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s 7.6 inch extended display in size.
An 8-inch display would be around the same size as the 8.3-inch iPad mini.
A different report claims that Apple and LG may be working on a 7.5-inch OLED foldable display panel.
But that’s not all; according to another claim from Kuo, Apple is testing a foldable with a 9-inch display.
Apple has tested two alternative iterations of the iPhone Flip, including a fold-out hybrid tablet that is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold line and a clamshell flip phone design that is comparable to the Galaxy Z Flip lineup.
According to those same sources, Apple will move on with the clamshell design even though it is still early in the development cycle and things may change.
Patent applications also shed light on some of the potential features Apple may be exploring for its foldable, such as any potential replacements for clamshell designs in future products.
We learned about an Apple patent in 2020 that described a “joint operation mode” that would enable a single-screen gadget to be supplemented by a secondary display that is connected magnetically.
This mode, which doesn’t directly relate to the idea of a single folding display, would theoretically allow separate devices to combine to form one shared space.
Samsung Galaxy Fold is less prevalent than Microsoft Surface Duo 2.
A video of an iPhone Flip concept from ConceptsiPhone has been published (opens in new tab), and it resembles the Galaxy Z Flip in many ways.
Although it lacks Dynamic Island like the iPhone 14 Pro, it has a narrower notch than the iPhone 14, a 120Hz display, and an in-screen Touch ID sensor.
The concept design also includes an M1 chip for the phone, which seems a little out there, but given that Apple already utilises its M1 silicon in the iPad Pro and iPad Air, perhaps we will soon see it in high-end phones as well instead of the standard A-series CPU.