Several iPhone Fold prototypes are rumored to be in development

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It’s been relatively quiet on the iPhone Flip or iPhone Fold rumor front lately, with foldables like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 instead grabbing our attention. However, it looks like there are several foldable iPhone prototypes still in development at Apple.

This is according to trusted tipster @dylandkt on Twitter, who says that Apple is “definitely working and testing several prototypes that have foldable displays”. Maybe we might finally get both a Book-style and a clamshell foldable iPhone.


Before you get too excited, that same source suggests the launch is still a long way off: Apple has “concerns” about whether foldables will remain of interest to consumers or instead “might fall into obsolescence”. “.

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2023… or later

“Apple is intent on carefully observing the market and correcting its competitors’ mistakes,” says the tipster. That design is not a regression from the current form factor of the iPhone.”

Apple has previously filed a patent related to a foldable smartphone, and according to well-placed analysts, could unveil such a device at some point during 2023 — a device that will likely come with support for the Apple Pencil stylus. may come.

Based on this new information, it seems that 2023 is the earliest one should expect a foldable smartphone from Apple. The same source recently shared some details about what to expect from the iPhone 14 Pro, which should arrive in September 2022 if all goes according to plan.

Analysis: Apple plays the waiting game

The rumor that Apple is taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to foldable phones is actually no surprise: Apple takes its time when it comes to adopting new smartphone technology, whether it’s dual- Be it lens camera or fingerprint sensor or 5G.

While this approach can be frustrating for iPhone loyalists, the flip side is that they know the technology is going to be ready and reliable once it appears. When Apple launches phone features later than all others, they’re as good or even better than they were before.

However, the idea that the foldable phones of 2021 are beta products is a bit unfair. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 prove it has a form factor that’s ready for the mainstream, even if prices remain at the higher end of the spectrum.

The question remains what kind of prototypes Apple has in the pipeline. It could go for a traditional folding form factor similar to what we’ve been getting with the Honor Magic V, or it could opt for a clamshell design like the Motorola Razr. When the time comes, there might be more than one iPhone Flip that gets launched.

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