Video shows foldable Apple iPhone concept that opens up to become an iPad mini



Before the issues with the Samsung Galaxy Fold forced Samsung to delay the launch of the device, a Korean research firm constructed a timeline. The chart showed which manufacturers are expected to release a foldable phone and the timeframe when this should happen. The list includes Samsung, Huawei, LG, Oppo Xiaomi, Vivo, Motorola, and even Microsoft. The last name on the chart is Apple, with a foldable iPhone rumored to be released in the second half of next year. Of course, the problems that Samsung has encountered with the Galaxy Fold (and not just those from influencers removing the plastic film from the screen) could set this timeline back.

Meanwhile, a company called ConceptsCreator has released a video for its foldable iPhone concept it calls the iFlex. Keep in mind that while concepts are cool to look at, those creating them don't have the same limitations that real engineers and designers have. For example, the Apple employees presumably working on a real foldable iPhone in some hidden room in Cupertino have to be creative when it comes to fitting all of the components together. Those creating concepts don't have to worry about these things. They also don't have to actually source the material to build a reliable hinge and test it to make sure it will stand up to years of use.

With that in mind, the so-called iFlex folds inward like the Galaxy Fold (as opposed to the outward fold required to close the Huawei Mate X). It sports a quad-camera set up in back, including what appears to be a Time-of-Flight depth sensor. A pop-up spring-loaded FaceTime camera is seen in the video, which reveals the concept's specs. The external screen measures 5.4-inches and has a 16:9 aspect ratio. It opens to a 7.9-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio. If that screen size sounds familiar, it's because it matches the size of the display used on the Apple iPad mini series. Since this is a concept, things like a crease in the middle of the internal screen are digitally removed, and while the device as a whole looks like a stunner, you can imagine how much a phone like this might cost.

Apple has filed patents for a foldable iPhone


Last month, we showed you another foldable iPhone concept that also features an inward fold. This concept, dubbed the iPhone X Fold, came with a 6.6-inch external display that opens to reveal an 8.3-inch internal screen.

As far as Apple is concerned, it seems to have filed some major patents related to a foldable iPhone. Perhaps the most important parts of a foldable phone are the screen and the hinge and Apple has filed patents for both of these. One patent even reveals a method that can warm up the flexible screen on a cold day so that it doesn't get brittle and break. Another patent deals with the use of a material that will fill up the part of the flexible display that thins out when it is fully open.


Coming up with the hardware is just part of the story. Apple will also have to develop a new version of iOS that will work on a foldable iPhone. And while the Galaxy Fold hardware has been a let down so far, some of the things that the phone offers in terms of features could be copied by Apple. For example, with the App Continuity feature on the Galaxy Fold, an app opened on the external screen will automatically open on the larger screen.

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12 Comments

1. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Nothing to see here, just one of the hundreds of companies that create shiity concept video backed by zero engineering knowledge and hype in the hope of landing a gig with apple.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Right, it's totally pointless. I mean, I could draw flying car with Tesla logo if I wanted to.

5. Conceptcreator

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 02, 2018

well auw xD And yes it is based on zero engineering knowledge ;) But often I do keep in mind for some cases, this one however... not so much xD but that hinge for instance I worked on for a bit to find one that looked good and could work

3. shield

Posts: 852; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Only render. :D

4. Methlab

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 19, 2019

The greediest company in the world will never produce such a device, unless it costs more than the price of an Iphone and Ipad mini put together.

6. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

The Galaxy Fold costs more than a Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy Tab S4 combined and the Mate X will cost even more than that. Your comment is therefore pointless because this will be the case for most companies.

9. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I think it should cost of 2 iPhone XS Max and iPad Pro, and of course the 3.5mm dongle, fast charger and apple pencil are sold separately.

7. odachek

Posts: 127; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Apple needs to beg Samsung to make this happen. That will probably be in the year 2025.

8. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

This is awesome and what a foldable phone should be. Samsung left the foldable phones and use their display for apple.

10. Damo69

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 26, 2019

Why turn something solid and unbreakable (unless you drop it) into a fragile flimsy toy. As for the price i would rather buy an ipad and an iphone, seperately. Remember those big red green blue projectors in nightclubs? We now have RGB the size of laser pointers. I would rather have a projector in my pocket rather than a foldable phone/pad.

11. Shkselectah

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 26, 2018

Will be ordered from Samsung or huawei. Apple even the charger could not do themselves.

12. luisoduque

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 08, 2017

5000$ COZ IS APPLE.

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