Apple could be the last major phone manufacturer to bring two key features to the marketplace

Apple could be the last major phone manufacturer to bring two key features to the marketplace
Next month, Samsung will release the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and the foldable Huawei Mate X will arrive this summer. We also expect to see foldables arrive this year from some other firms as well, with the Motorola RAZR foldable garnering plenty of attention. Other Android manufacturers like Oppo and TCL have thrown their hats into the ring, increasing pressure on Apple to deliver a foldable iPhone.

Back in December, Korean research firm CGS-CIMB said that Apple will be the last of the major phone manufacturers to release a foldable phone; a timeline created by the research firm suggests that this device will be unveiled in late 2020. Now, Digitimes cites industry sources who are telling them that Samsung Display has sent Apple and Google samples of a flexible 7.2-inch panel. This is a tenth of an inch smaller than the 7.3-inch panel that is employed on the Galaxy Fold.

While we haven't heard a peep about a foldable Pixel, we certainly have seen patents related to a foldable iPhone. There are indications that Apple's entry in the foldable phone sweepstakes will fold vertically, like the upcoming Motorola RAZR is expected to.

Apple could also be one of the last major phone manufacturers to launch a 5G phone. While many of its Android producing rivals, including Samsung, Huawei, LG, Motorola and Oppo will have phones supporting the next-generation wireless connectivity in the marketplace this year, the first 5G iPhone most likely won't launch until next year.

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15 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1150; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

I doubt these screens will last 2 years. Not even counting when burn in comes to the party. I do not wanna know the price to replace this kind of screen. In my country a screen from Samsung S series costs more than $400 to be changed.

3. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Apple doesn't need to to jump on the foldable phone hype, and that's all it is. Foldable phones will be a flash in the pan with no much profits to return. They're better off using their resources updating the design of their current iphones and ipads. As far as 5G goes, they don't need to jump into that right away either since it won't be fully deployed until around 2020 anyways. All the other manufacturers are rushing to say they had it first. This is coming from a Pixel user

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This is the best response I heard. I agree with you 100%.

12. odachek

Posts: 131; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

When foldable phone technology evolves to using flexible glass and batteries, Apple will then be forced to follow the trend, just a matter of time. The only ugly scenario is that Apple will then be begging for flexible OLEDs from the big guys.

15. User123456789

Posts: 1150; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Oled is never getting cheaper. Flexible oled even worse situation. These devices will never be popular.

17. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Flexible glass? You mean plastic.

13. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 150; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Foldable phones are a change in design... Slight updates aren't doing it anymore as you can see with the sales of the iPhone xs

4. dmdzordilla

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

Not new

5. kevv2288

Posts: 309; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Don't care if my phone has 5G or not. Already get over 100 Mbps on LTE. So on 5G my app will update in 2 seconds instead of 5? Can't wait

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Good point! 5G will only make a big difference in terms of ping times.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Stable network and proper date management?

9. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Date management?

14. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Correct. They cant even execute basic daylight saving time updates.

10. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

I mean if I was Timmy I would milk it all the way to the bank ... keep giving them a small iteration and then announce two years later the "The Most Magical iPhone is here" except it did everything the others did but now has 5G.

16. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I'm not even concerned about foldable phones.

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