Foldable iPhone concept inspired by the Galaxy Fold reveals a stunning device

Foldable iPhone concept inspired by the Galaxy Fold reveals a stunning device
Samsung’s first foldable phone is now a reality and just a couple of months away from reaching those that are ready to pay it’s hefty near $2000 price tag. As with every product that is the first of its kind, opinions were scattered on a wide spectrum. While some people were surprised at how polished the Galaxy Fold looked and seemed to perform, others found it too bulky and impractical.

If Samsung stays true to its word, we’ll start seeing new models of the foldable line regularly, meaning most of the faults we see with the first device will eventually be taken care of. We also already know that a few other manufacturers have similar devices in the making, helping to shape a whole new segment of smartphones.

With that in mind, people naturally start wondering if Apple will join hop on the foldable train, figuratively speaking. We’ve already seen patents that suggest that Cupertino is working towards a product of that kind, which makes sense considering it wants to offer only premium products, and the $2000 price tag is definitely appealing for Apple. Of course, there won’t be any official confirmation of the device’s development until it’s just a few months away from launch, if even then.

That’s not stopping concept designers from putting their imagination to work and showing us concepts of what a foldable iPhone could look like. The newest renders come from and show an interesting mix between current-gen iPhones, foldable displays and punch-hole cameras.

As far as concepts go, this one seems quite reasonable. The device resembles an iPhone when closed and an iPad when opened, which is likely the styling Apple would go for with a foldable phone of its own. We're not sure how useful a semi-folded "tiny laptop" mode would be, but hey, it's worth entertaining the idea! As with the Galaxy Fold, when closed the device looks a bit too tall and narrow. We won't be surprised to see companies experiment with display aspect ratios in the future.

Now, we should keep in mind that these renders are depicting a device that's at least a couple of years into the future, so it’s understandable that this foldable iPhone looks objectively better than the Galaxy Fold with its thinner body and bigger “outside” display. If Apple decides to add such a phone to its lineup, it will likely compete with the third generation of Samsung’s own foldable phone and by then we might see some drastic changes to the Galaxy Fold line. For example, Samsung is hoping to move cameras entirely under the display as soon as next year, getting rid of all sorts of notches, holes and other eyesores. 

While concepts like this one are based on too little information to be taken seriously, they feed our own imagination with ideas about near-future tech, which is always inspiring to think about. 

As usual, tell us what you think about this concept in the comments below!



1. JamesW

Posts: 24; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

As with all apple's concepts the renderings made always look better with more features than they actually release.

5. Valinor

Posts: 182; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Yeah, especially nowadays, we all know Apple stopped innovating. There was a time these kind of concepts would give you hope because there was a chance Apple really inventing something like this. Now it has actually become sad cause we know it wont happen. And in the rare case Apple does ship something similar it will cost 3000 dollars....

29. sgodsell

Posts: 7433; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's just it, the only thing Apple makes is their SoCs, and even then Apple doesn't actually make them. Most of these components come from other OEMs. At least Phonearena recognized that Apple won't be the first OEM using this technology. The other problem is Apples apps. Developers actually make separate apps for iPads and iPhones. So when it's folded, then do you install and use the iPhone app version? When it's unfolded do you use the iPad apps version? Plus where do they sit? How do you have both versions installed? Do you use different names for those same apps? Android apps can be both smartphone apps and tablet apps.

33. mackan84

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Apple probably releases a “Foldkit” for these apps. I promise you that the apps will look like garbage in April on Samsung’s fold.

16. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This render definitely looks good.

2. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Honestly, that looks pretty horrible. The designer basically slapped iOS screens on Samsung Fold. Also, Apple would never release a foldable phone (at least not for a while) because that would hurt their iPad market.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The tablet market is already way down, and the smartphone market is slowing now, too. Smartphone is their bread and butter, and something like this could give it a shot in the arm.

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2331; Member since: May 04, 2015

If it ever comes out they'll claim they invented it and the sheep will try and convince us it's more intuitive.

24. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

And more natural :)))

6. surethom

Posts: 1715; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Thats a lazy concept, thats just Samsung Galaxy Fold v2, ie bigger front screen.

7. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

This may be reality in another 10 years

10. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Still big heavy brick which you have to carry always, no matter if you want to use the bigger screen or not. Funny part is that this isn't just a concept, Samsung really did this.. and everyone is asking why.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6822; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

My HTC Dream/G1 was a thick beast before I bought the double capacity battery add on for it... didn't keep me from putting it in my jean pockets. Once solid state batteries become more mainstream we'll maybe achieve the unrealistic thinness you are craving for folding screen tech. Guaranteed apple won't be among the first OEM's to bring such tech to the market though.

22. scarface21173

Posts: 700; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Midan, samsung did it because they can.

28. AxelFoley unregistered

Who is this "everyone" you speak of?

30. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

@Midan I can definitely say why you are asking. Because you don’t care about anything else but Apple.

11. Wazupmrg

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Inspired!? Inspired?! Come on fan boys, call it COPYING! if Apple came out with it first you guys would headline this as Samsung sadly copies Apple tech. You guys are pathetic.

12. skips

Posts: 481; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

THERE IS NO WAY THAT ILL REACH THE TOP CORNERS ON THE PHONE WITH THAT ASPECT RATIO. That's why the front screen of Fold had huge bezels all around. With a screen that tall the one hand usability would be just horrible lol ! Fold looks off with the primary screen but its the best we got for now lol.

13. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

This is my issue with the fold. The screen you are going to use the most is only 4.6inches. The 7.3 inch screen is really nice but do you really want to be opening and closing your phone all the time? I will not want to use apps like facebook on a 4.3 inch screen. Then when the phone is open it isn't a good size to carry. Neat concept but doesn't seem practical to me. Will have to see one in person to really know though.

14. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

After now when first day coolness for galaxy fold vanished and also because of the price people actually started to use their brain and understand how silly the device really is. It just came way too early

15. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

I actually like the renders I have seen for the Motorola Razer. That design seems to make the most sense to me. I think when people see the fold in person they are going to be turned off by the really small main screen with huge bezels, how thick it is and the awkward size when it is open to use. I give Samsung credit for innovating but like you said feels like a unfinished product. All of this and not even getting to the price. The S10+ or S10+ 5g seem to be the samsung phones to get this round...

20. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

When you check your device average 150 times a day i don't see many people want to have extra steps. Yes Motorola RAZR makes lot more sense, but im not sure if it brings any real value over the fact that you will fold and unfold it so many times every day. Said it earlier, fold my iPad Pro and i might be in. Making big smaller is lot better than making smaller bigger with current state of tech which is just bulky and heavy.

23. Vancetastic

Posts: 1540; Member since: May 17, 2017

I’ve heard the new iPad pros have a folding feature already! Ok, that was too easy and obvious....

26. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

My ipad stays at my house most of the time so I'm fine with its size. With the RAZR I see use as it will fit easier in my pocket. Had one back in the day and it was a nice phone to carry. That being said I didn't open and close it too often since it (obviously) wasn't a smart phone... I don't check my phone as often as I used to though also now that I use a smart watch for notifications.

21. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017


18. Elvis358

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

I don't see anything stunning. It looks terrible. Just like Samsung Galaxy fold. I definitely wouldn't use it as a phone because of those huge bezzels when the phone isn't unfold! Just like this picture shows the front display looks like a ruller!

19. Poptart2828

Posts: 422; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Tired of concepts. Show me the real thing. Concepts are not sold in stores, only finished products.

25. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2246; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

It's better to manufacturer this horizontal rather than vertical. Its way too tall.

27. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

There are a number of stunning foldable phone concepts; this is not one of them. OTOH, I wouldn't be surprised to see if from Apple since their current 'innovations' seem copied from Android (new Apple slogan: I Second).

31. unwanted

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

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