Apple is working on a foldable iPhone for 2020, analyst claims

Apple is working on a foldable iPhone for 2020, analyst claims
Apple's next major iPhone redesign may have a foldable form factor, according to Bank of America analyst Merrill Lynch. Apple was last year rumored to be working with LG on foldable display tech, but according to Lynch, Apple has now moved on to collaborate with other suppliers on the design of other flexible smartphone components.

Foldable phones have been talked up as the next big smartphone design change for quite a while now, but all we've seen thus far have been prototypes from companies like Samsung and Lenovo. Samsung has even been working on foldable AMOLED panels since as early as 2011. However, the big hurdle with foldable smartphones is that not only the display needs to be flexible, but a lot of other components as well. For a full-fledged foldable design, you'd need a flexible PCB, a flexible battery, and a lot of other components.

So it's no secret that the big players are working in this direction, but when can we expect to finally see a mass-produced foldable phone? Rumors from a few years ago pinned 2018 as the year of the bendy phone, but chances of seeing such a device within the next nine months are slim to none. According to Bank of America, Apple may be ready with a mass-producible foldable design in 2020.

What's more interesting, is that Apple was recently rumored to also be working on its own microLED displays, likely to debut in one of the future iterations of the Apple Watch. If this rumor is true, it ties in with Apple's supposed intentions to produce a foldable iPhone, as this sort of design requires a display that is made up of independent pixels. This makes OLED and microLED the only viable technologies, as LCD is rigid.

source: CNBC

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20 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Kewl. This is what the whole industry should be working towards. When I was a kid in growing up in the 70's all this type of stuff was shown on ScFi in what the future ( 2000's) would be. Yet I still don't have my jet pack or Land speeder or Flying Car or Transporter. Come on Samsung, Apple, LG, IBM,GE, Boeing, Lockheed etc.. get moving and release this products already. Lol - It's may be another 10 to 20 years before we remotely have some fordable device, in my opinion now, since there are so many moving variables (SoC, Memory, Batteries, Camera etc.)

2. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 997; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So the hardest part will come down to a flexible battery. seeing as flexible screens exist to an extent, such as LG's Wallpaper TV

23. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

if its 2 way fold then its possible since you can put 2 small batteries on both end.

3. Landon

Posts: 1232; Member since: May 07, 2015

I would love to see graphene make its way into these devices sooner than later. It's a miracle material that can make this foldable device reality.

5. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

They are waiting for something to copy, as no company yet has done it that can be bought....

7. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

From design to notch, they all copied Apple not the other way around.

10. Panzer

Posts: 278; Member since: May 13, 2016

I thought the Essentail phone was the first phone with a notch.

13. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO Just look up what apple has copied from everyone, not just Samsung. They all copy, so what. Makes it better for all of us.

17. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

What 'design'? Rectangle ? And the notch is so stupidly and fugly implemented. Only china cheap knock-offs for poor iDummies follow. Wait to see how Samsung will do it right!

6. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

Apple either needs to buy it or copy it like the above person said, otherwise it won't happen for them.

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 1875; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Kinda like Samsung has to buy or copy it or it won’t happen for them; Samsung Pay-LoopPay Samsung Milk Music-Slacker Samsung Infinty Display-Toppan FPD Samsung chips-SEMATECH Samsung Intelligent Scan-Apples Face ID, except Intelligent Scan isn’t even trusted by Samsung that’s why it can’t be used with Samsung (Loop) Pay. Samsung AR Emoji-Apple Animoji Bixby-Viv Labs So yeeeaaaahhhhhh, keep all that in mind before you try trolling on Apple.

11. Panzer

Posts: 278; Member since: May 13, 2016

And looking at all the complete and udder fails of Apples advanced facial recongition I would not trust any facial recogintion tech either. https://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-X-owner-finds-her-co-worker-able-to-unlock-her-original-and-replacement-units_id100761

15. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I won't even set Apple pay up on my work phone knowing that they allow the insecure face id to authenticate. Who knows what else is slipping.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Intelligent scan is less secure than iris scan so Samsung pay defaults to iris for Samsung pay. The user doesn't really see a difference though so not sure why you keep bringing this up?

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Samsung is killing the game to me DSR. From design, to features, to specs...they're on it. I can't see my daily driver being anything other than a Note.

12. sissy246

Posts: 6959; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well of course they are. Got to stay up with Samsung.

18. brasstax

Posts: 539; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The speed at which Apple "invents" or "innovates" technology after its been around for years on Android, are you sure the analyst said 2020 and not 3020?

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

2 years late, as always... And if Samsung release their foldable in 2019, apple will update the rumor and will release it in 2021

22. Jrod99

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Let’s get some good safe battery tech then worry about foldable phones.

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