There have been reports in the past that Apple may soon start working on a foldable iPhone. The Cupertino-based technology giant had even applied for patents related to a foldable smartphone, pointing out that it is seriously considering a foldable iPhone. Today, a popular leak, Ice Universe, revealed on Weibo that Apple has ordered a series of folding screens from Samsung, which indicates that Apple is really working on a folding iPhone.
According to Ice Universe, Apple has ordered a “large number”
Samsung had sent examples of folding screens to many smartphone / tablet manufacturers last year, hoping that these screens could encourage brands to develop folding devices, which in turn would pick up the Korean tech giant orders for folding screens. Through the claim from Ice Universe, it looks like Apple tested these test devices, decided to fiddle around with the idea of a foldable iPhone, and therefore ordered a new batch of foldable screen samples from Samsung.
Samsung is one of the largest suppliers of Apple. It gives the Cupertino-based technology giant OLED screens for iPhones. Samsung is currently also the market leader when it comes to folding screens for smartphones and tablets. Given that Samsung is a pioneer in this field and that both brands have good business relationships, it makes sense for Apple to rely on Samsung to supply folding screens to the folding iPhones.
The report from Ice Universe is the first major indication that Apple has started working on a foldable iPhone. Few reports suggest that Apple may launch a foldable iPhone as early as next year.
If Apple includes a foldable iPhone, it will be the biggest development in the iPhone’s history. Furthermore, if Apple decides to go with the same folding iPhone concept as the Galaxy Z Fold 2, it could completely eliminate the need for an iPad Mini. What features do you think Apple should offer in a foldable iPhone? Let us know in the comments section below.[Source: IceUniverse]