According to leaker “Ice Universe”, which today shared the information on Weibo, Apple has asked Samsung to provide collapsible screen samples for a potential future collapsible iPhone.
Samsung is currently supplying OLEDs to Apple for current and future generation iPhones.
Hartley Charlton for MacRumors:
The “large number” of folding screens will be examples for use in mobile phone devices, and Samsung will apparently supply the devices to Apple for one year. It also seemed to underline the circumstances of this development, and perhaps suggest that the order is about to start.
Last year, it was reported that Samsung was sending its folding screen technology to other companies, including Apple, in hopes of receiving orders. The new leak may indicate that Apple, after testing initial tests last year, is now testing more collapsible devices. Some sources have suggested that a foldable iPhone can be launched as soon as next year.
According to research from Strategy Analytics released in February, global collapsible smartphone shipments will grow to 100 million by 2025 from less than 1 million units in 2019, including a collapsible iPhone from Apple.
MacDailyNews Take: Prototyping and shipping are two completely different things.
Is there a folding phone in your pocket, or are you just happy to see us? “Too thick when folded” is why it makes a lot of sense for Apple to make a foldable screen first with the iPad, a device that is not carried in the pockets, and where the thickness when folded is therefore no problem.