Apple's foldable phone design may be the complete opposite of Samsung's

Apple's foldable phone design may be the complete opposite of Samsung's
Tucked in the presentation that Samsung's  Design Innovation Center chief Federico Casalegno gave in San Francisco, is a revelation about Apple's own work on foldable phones. We know the research urgency about such a form factor has been greatly sped up in Cupertino, as exemplified by the ever-increasing complexity of its foldable phone patents, but the latest tip is something else, literally.

While the bendy Galaxy F, or whatever Samsung names it, will be of the in-folding type, as that is easier to produce and more durable given the smaller folding radius, Apple is exploring out-folding prototypes whose screens stretch around the exterior, tipped Federico Casalegno. 


The head of the Samsung Design Innovation Center said that the in-folding models give more interface design opportunities, though we fail to see how an out-folding display would diminish those in comparison, given that it will run iOS in some shape or form, pun intended. 

Moreover, we are yet to see the interface approach that Samsung takes with its bendable phone, and there are likely many more prototypes of this form factor in the labs, both Samsung's, Apple's, or Xiaomi's, as you can see in this leaked video below.



Samsung, however, will have a year or two head start and will bear the brunt of user acceptance or rejection, but also have the opportunity to polish and optimize the hardware and software while Apple would still be prototyping an eventual iOS Gumby. As you can see in the most recent patents below, Apple is also exploring in-folding types, or at least circling the patent wagons around them.

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18 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

15. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 717; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Light Years ahead? Then how come they're not mass producing it yet after its introduction last month?

17. almostdone

Posts: 439; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Still light years ahead. Apple doesn't even know how to make a folding screen. Once again they will have to source the parts from other manufacturers.

18. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 717; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Are you sure? Unlike Samsung. Apple never reveals their product until its time. Another thing is the technology isn't even FULLY MATURED. There are reports that touch control recognition failure on the folded area's of the screen. Even the product DEMO of Samsung foldable smartphone didn't even entice the investors and buyers. And now, majority of them are just waiting for the GALAXY S10.

2. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

As usual with Apple, nothing new under the sun.

3. Cat97

Posts: 1859; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I would venture to say that foldable phones will be a flop for at least 5 years.

8. Subie

Posts: 2350; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Or do you mean flip ;)

4. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

$$$5-10k SRP from fruit company!

5. t3at1m3

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

This is nice!

6. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

apple will keep producing very same design for couple years. same like big screen phones couple years back.

16. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 717; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Wasn't android doing the same thing?

7. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

There reallly isn’t a need for a foldable phone as the fold creates to much thickness at its closed state. No manufacturer has addressed the thickness issue. What would need to happen is that phones that are now 6.8mm thin would now have to be 3mm-4mm thin just to create the same thin profile design of the phones that exist today. On the other hand tablets could benefit from foldable displays as I could carry a 13”-15” tablet in my pocket or the size of an iPad Mini. Also keep in mind rather than pull out your and begin typing based on the incoming text message or email indirectly we would need to unfold the phone each time. Not very practical.

11. midan

Posts: 2707; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Exactly, foldable phone need to be unnoticeable and that's a biggest reason i don't except these to be popular in a long time. It's kind a what Apple said about other "smart" phones when they announce first iPhone. Phones had that big part of screen covered with qwerty, no matter if you need it or not, it's always there. It's a little bit same with foldable phones. Even if most times you just want to carry smaller thin and light phone you still have that extra screen always with you making your device very big and heavy. If the extra screen can be unnoticeable physically then we have winner in our hands and one day that for sure will happen.

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1377; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Even you must understand that in order to make progress you eventually have to let the technology out of R&D and make some phones with it to find out what the market wants and what designs work best. Foldable phones and tablets are likely to be the next big thing, but the technology has to mature and evolve just like it did in its current form.

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6725; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

"Also keep in mind rather than pull out your and begin typing based on the incoming text message or email indirectly we would need to unfold the phone each time. Not very practical." Not exactly true as apparently you can still use the phone when folded. However I do agree the thickness will be a huge issue especially when we try to slap a protective case on the thing.

9. t3at1m3

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

CreeDiddy I support your opinion, just they try to boost the technology in another direction, hence this so called phone race with the foldable phone

10. t3at1m3

Posts: 12; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

f**k this I'm out

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