There has been increased talk of Apple making a foldable iPhone in the near(ish) future. Writing for Inc. Jason Aten said that he doesn’t expect such a device anytime soon, but that it should happen.

In the case of a foldable device, Apple is actually uniquely suited to building something that both makes sense and actually works. Unlike Samsung or Microsoft or Android, Apple makes both the software and the hardware and is very good at both.  And, Apple has clearly been working on the hardware. The company was awarded patents as far back as 2017 for “electronic devices with flexible displays.” As far as software, Apple’s advantage is that it can tailor the experience to whatever device it decides to build. I actually think there’s room for a device that fits into your pocket, but still unfolds into something you can use for more than just scrolling through your Twitter or Instagram feed. Honestly, the Z Fold2 was a great device for reading, consuming content, dealing with emails, sending messages, and even video chat. The Duo was even more interesting, especially because of how well made it was, and how thin its overall form factor.

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  1. ChrisLaarman

    I wonder if foldable smartphones would make sense. The effort in the foldability would have to be more than compensated by the goal of the larger screen. I don’t see that happen.

    My first mobile phone was a clamshell, uncomfortably thick, and I’d need to open it to see the screen. Before that, I had a Philips Velo 500 (see Wikipedia). It broke at a hinge, damaging the flat cable to the touchscreen. My first smartphone had a sliding hardware keyboard, too tiny to be useful. (I bought that one instead of the first iPhone.)

    No, definitely no more folding or sliding devices for me (unless another property should outweigh this con). – I’d be very interested in the AR glasses buzzing these days (and you could argue that a pair if glasses does have two hinges…). Otherwise, use a tablet when screen size matters, or project the smartphone screen on a monitor.

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