Foldable smartphones are gaining more and more steam as the technology improves, though one of the biggest of the tech industry hasn’t jumped on board yet. Apple has been quietly working on some prototypes for this new type of phone, and a new prototype shows off an interesting design choice that isn’t really foldable at all.
Prominent and reliable leaker Jon Prosser has shared some details (via Twitter) on Apple’s latest foldable phone, and it features two separate panels with a hinge. This makes it more like a flip phone from years past, which is entirely different from a foldable phone that allows you to fold the screen itself. He said the following:
“Apple’s “foldable” iPhone isn’t really a foldable. The current prototype has two separate display panels on a hinge. Round, stainless steel edges like current iPhone 11 design. No notch — tiny forehead on outer display that houses Face ID.”
While this seems strange considering what other foldable phones are like, this could be done as a response to a problem that typical foldable phones have. Other foldable phones end up having a crease down the middle of the screen, which many find annoying. Using a hinge eliminates this problem, but is far less impressive from a technology standpoint.
Of course, this is all based off a prototype and the company will likely be making many more changes in the future. Apple has made no announcements regarding when they would release a foldable phone, so this could still be quite a ways away. We’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.