Video shows gorgeous foldable Apple iPhone concept



A timeline created by a Korean research firm called CGS-CIMB Group last year indicated that Apple will be the last of the major phone manufacturers to introduce a foldable handset. This would take place during the second half of 2020, possibly during its traditional September announcement. We've already seen a number of patents filed by Apple, but we still have no idea whether the company will embrace an innie or an outie. In other words, will the foldable iPhone fold inwards like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, or will it fold outwards like the Huawei Mate X?

A graphic designer named Antonio De Rosa designed a foldable iPhone concept (via 9to5Mac), revealing what his expectations are for such a device. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, which has a thick bezeled 4.6-inch external display, the iPhone X Fold (as the concept is named) has a full-size 6.6-inch AMOLED cover display (with a notch, of course) carrying a 1440 x 2960 resolution, and a 93.6% screen-to-body-ratio. When open, it becomes an 8.3-inch tablet carrying an AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2880 x 2960, almost a perfect square. The tablet would sport a 96.8% screen-to-body-ratio with two front-facing punch hole cameras in the upper right side of the display (10MP and an 8MP depth sensor).

On back is the triple-camera setup that has been rumored for the iPhone XI and iPhone XI Max. Borrowing from renders produced of the 2019 models, the rear cameras are housed in a squircle shaped box in the upper left side of the phone's rear panel (when closed). The three cameras on back include a 12MP wide angle sensor with a variable aperture of f/1.5-2.4, a 12MP telephoto sensor and a 16MP sensor offering 3x optical zoom. There is also a 10MP camera on the cover screen feature an aperture of f/2.2.

Samsung is rumored to supply Apple with flexible OLED panels for its foldable phone


Because this is a concept and it doesn't require engineers to figure out how to layout the internals inside the device to make it work, De Rosa has the luxury to make his iPhone X Fold a thinner and sleeker looking device than the Galaxy Fold. He also is able to create his own version of iOS for the concept. One particular compelling image shows the phone in a laptop like mode with the bottom half of the 8.3-inch screen used for the virtual Qwerty keyboard and the top half used as the display.

Apple recently received a patent for a foldable design that would warm up the display when the temperature is cold outside. This would prevent the area of the screen that bends from getting brittle from the cold, and suffering permanent damage. Another patent discusses filling the foldable display with filler in order to prevent part of the screen from thinning out when it is fully opened.

A number of Android manufacturers are expected to release foldable phones this year including the aforementioned Samsung and Huawei. Other manufacturers include Oppo, TCL and Lenovo's Motorola subsidiary. So far, it seems that the form factor will be priced out of reach for many consumers; the Galaxy Fold carries a $1,980 price tag while the Mate X costs the equivalent of $2,600 USD. The Motorola RAZR could be priced at $1,500, although the rumored specs of the device aren't as high-end as Samsung and Huawei's models. Until prices start coming down, the foldable form factor will remain a curiosity.

Apple is also expected to unveil its first 5G phone next year, so it is possible that the first foldable iPhone will support the next generation of wireless connectivity. Samsung is expected to supply Apple with the flexible OLED panels for the device and has already sent samples to Apple for the company to examine.

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20 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 562; Member since: May 02, 2016

i don't know .. it's looks ugly to me ..

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7191; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Looks are one thing, and truly that doesn't matter to most, especially since foldable smartphones are folded up most of the time anyway. Putting that aside Alan and others can dream all they want. Because iOS right not is not conducive for a foldable iPhone right now. Apple needs to fix a lot of issues with it first. Like multiple apps simultaneously running at once on an iPhone. Apple has separate apps for iPads and iPhones. How will that work for a foldable iPhone/iPad? Plus the interface has to change to support two modes on the one device. Like I said Apple's iOS is currently not conducive for a foldable iPhone/iPad. So keep dreaming Apple loyalists, or buy an Android foldable instead.

9. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Apple has nothing to fix with iOS. One can run simultaneously 10-20 apps (maybe more, I didn’t tested) at the same time; a fold device can run phone+tablet apps etc. But a foldable phone is illogical (why on earth would one get it?!) and Apple won’t make one until it becomes relevant.

15. IT-Engineer

Posts: 532; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

20 apps? Your stretching it there pal ;) Besides, true multitasking (split screen) will not be supported by apple on the phones for a long time.

18. sgodsell

Posts: 7191; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Leo_MC you are a blind Apple zealot. If that is what you are going for, then continue. Right now NO iPhone today has ANY real multitasking and split screen multitasking. Task switching is not real multitasking, especially when you switch from one app to another, then the last app is halted on iPhones. Plus Apple for years has encouraged developer's to make separate apps for iPads and iPhones. Where as Google and Android encouraged developer's to make one app that would support both tablets and smartphones. But clearly your ignorant to these facts. iOS does have major problems today, and it definitely is not conducive for foldable devices right now. Grow up Leo_MC and try to put into that closed mind of yours, that iOS does has major problems right now. The sooner you come to terms with it, the better for everyone, including Apple. Believe it or not.

2. RevolutionA

Posts: 392; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

But that doesn't seem gorgeous though. I don't know from what kind of eyes is the writer seeing it.

20. f_u_006

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

This particular writer has a reputation of posting very enhanced, pro-Apple articles. Even though he argues that he has owned Android phones and is impartial.

5. Man_Utd

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Let's remember, some companies are dreaming up the next folding phone but others are actually doing it

6. mudassarmirza345

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

Thank you for sharing amazing information

7. Secure

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

Camera from the mate 20. The hinge from the Samsung foldable. Punch hole from Samsung. The notch on the outer display is an Apple innovation. The problem is not with Apple it self, but stupid teenagers with absence of imagination, because of porn. Lol

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple Galaxy X Fold. True innovation right there! LMAO

10. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

It’s just a meh concept.

11. joey18

Posts: 665; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

samsung fold make different designs

12. Whitedot

Posts: 771; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Old fart's music. Impossible design. Drunk.

13. odachek

Posts: 117; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

When this one is announced, Samsung already selling rollable tablets.

14. Guseinguliev

Posts: 104; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

pitiful fans who dream of a cake for life but get s**t))

16. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Apple would never do this. It will only cannibalize their iPad sales.

17. SealBeachBum

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

A tag line of "Bend Over" more appropriate. What's with all the Apple stuff on PA? I liked this site for it's bigger picture, international scope. Now it looks like it's quaffing the Kool-Aid.

19. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I guess "Bent to your will" is a better tagline than the iPhone 6's "Bent Against Your Will"

21. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2349; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Meh.. crappy concept.. besides it'll Never happen, Apple lacks innovation

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