According to Bloomberg, which has stated that the company allegedly created folding screen prototypes to test internally, Apple could finally be working on a foldable iPhone. But it doesn’t sound like the concept completed by Apple-an iPhone Flip may be coming, but it may still be years away.
The suspected iPhone Flip has been speculated for a long time, but so far we haven’t heard anything about what may have been internal discussions. Apple has been tinkering with many foldable screen sizes from the sounds of the study, most of which are unspecified apart from one that unfolds to a size similar to the 6.7-inch display of the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
In other words, that particular design sounds more like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, a foldable clamshell that stretched to the size of a standard smartphone… and folded with half the footprint to a compact shape twice as thick.
But, whatever it ends up being, the iPhone Flip or foldable may not ‘be’ at all: the testing may never result in a product released on the market, the study suggests. It’s unlikely to completely replace the main iPhone line, even if it does.
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And what’s going to change with the iPhone 13?
And what’s next for the next iPhone, tentatively referred to as the iPhone 13? According to the Bloomberg report, not much is expected to change from last year’s iPhone 12, but one upgrade may be the inclusion of an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
The explanation is clear: iPhone owners will probably be glad to have a faster way of accessing phones after a year of wearing masks blocking Face ID authentication than waiting for facial authentication to fail long enough to enter a passcode. This will be a marked departure from the dogma of the iPhone flagship, which has relied solely on Face ID since the release of the iPhone X in November 2017.
Another enhancement could be rendered by the iPhone 13: completely disconnecting the Lightning port, leaving the phones relying on wireless MagSafe technology to recharge, according to the article. For customers expecting to see the iPhone completely convert to USB-C, as the iPad Pro line did years earlier, this will be a curious move, and a disappointing one.