Apple would seriously consider building a foldable smartphone, and it is expected to launch in 2023.
It’s according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), who claims the device will have a flexible 8-inch QHD+ OLED monitor.
It should be noted that Kuo is usually optimistic about folding smartphones. His opinion, according to his latest memo to investors, is that “foldable devices will confuse product segmentations between smartphones, tablets and laptops in the future. Apple will also be the “biggest winner” of this new trend.
The technical details of this foldable iPhone are finely tuned. But Kuo says Apple will use a “silver nanowire touch solution” for the screen, which should give it an edge over other collapsible phones. Kuo also claims that this technology will be necessary for devices that support multiple folds, or are rollable such as LG’s rollable phone that will likely never see the light of day. Kuo says Apple is already testing nanowire silver touch technology within the HomePod touch interface.
Notably, Kuo claims that the development of the folding iPhone has not yet officially begun, which means that Apple’s plans may change in the future.
Multiple major smartphone manufacturers currently offer foldable devices, including Samsung, Motorola and Huawei.