Folding phones are a big topic because they can bring something new to users – those who still need something new. Manufacturers have differing views on how a folding display solution should be designed. There are also folding models without a folding display (ie with two separate ones), which try to offer at least half of the benefits of the target solution.
One of the brands that is aware that a change would benefit its portfolio and does not want to miss an opportunity is Apple. There have been some reports – patents, data from Foxconn that something is going on – that have given customers hope that a folding iPhone is already on the way. Thus, rumors of a folding iPhone 14 began to appear in 2022. Subsequently, leaker Jon Prosser stated that, according to his sources, work is being done on a folding solution, but it will soon be released in 2022 as well.
Which, in turn, has been interpreted by numerous media outlets as a “confirmation” that the 2023 / iPhone 15 model will be foldable.
However, according to the Korean website, Thelec does not yet suggest that the folding iPhone could be released in 2023. This statement is based on a combination of established development cycles and supply chain information: Preparations for production of each new model begin two to three years in advance. In the case of a hypothetical folding iPhone 15 planned for 2023, it would therefore be the current year at the latest, 2021. But neither Samsung nor LG (as potential suppliers of folding panels) show any activity that would even suggest such a scenario.
If the collapsible iPhone were to be released in 2023, one or the other company would have to start a massive investment by early 2022 at the latest. Based on information from its sources (and the fact that Apple is not one of the companies that tends to captivate the proposals), Thelec believes that the release of a folding iPhone before 2024 (iPhone 16?) Is extremely unlikely.
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