According to rumours from several sources, Apple is currently working on its first foldable iPhone device. (Image credit: #iOS beta news)
Details on the reported device remain scarce, but leaks suggest it could have a 7.5- or 8-inch primary display, and that the foldable tech would follow a traditional fold out design, similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Another report by Equal Ocean, suggests the foldable iPhone could have a 7.3-7.6-inch foldable OLED and will work in conjunction with the Apple Pen.
According to a report by Digitimes, Apple commissioned LG Display to work on the screen technology. LG is known for its curved screen technology, and has even been reportedly working on a prototype for a stretchable screen, making it the ideal partner for Apple.
How much will it cost?
Foldable phone tech isn’t cheap, and with the technology still being so new, it’s likely that Apple’s take on the foldable phone won’t be cheap. Other foldable phones on the market can cost anywhere from just over £1,000 to just over £2,000.
Apple is known for pricing its products above the competition, so we could likely expect a foldable iPhone to cost upwards of £2,000 to £2,500.
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Foldable Apple iPhone release date
A 2019 rumour hinted at a 2021 release date for a foldable iPhone, but in reality it is likely we won’t see the device until 2023. The report by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, which predicts a 2023 release date, also details Apple’s production issues.
Currently still in the research stage, the team designing Apple’s foldable iPhone will need to overcome "key technology and mass production issues" before the product can be released.
Whatever form the foldable Apple iPhone takes, with this many rumours in circulation it’s almost guaranteed that the company is working on the device.
Samsung and Microsoft have already released a number of foldable models, so it will be interesting to see what Apple has up its sleeve.