Apple is testing foldable screen prototypes for upcoming iPhones, say reports
Applehas been testing foldable iPhonescreen prototypes, according to a Bloomberg report.
- The company has not yet decided to move forward with the model, according to the report.
- Apple has filed several patents for
Apple has begun internal testing on foldable screen prototypes for iPhones, but hasn't yet decided whether to move forward with such a model, Bloomberg reported.
The company has been testing the screen prototypes, rather than a full iPhone model, according to the report.It's unlikely a foldable phone would be included in its 2021 lineup, which is expected to focus on incremental upgrades to the 5G models released last year, according to Bloomberg.
With a foldable iPhone model, Apple would join a growing list of competitors with similar phones.
illustrations of folding phone screens. Those illustrations appeared to show an iPhone screen roughly the same shape as current iPhones, but with a horizontal hinge across its center, allowing it to fold in half. As the patent said, the "pair of side platforms are switched between a flattened state and a folded state." Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 2 is about 6.2-inches when folded in half. Prototypes for Apple's foldable screen were about the size of the biggest current iPhone model, 6.7-inches, when unfolded, according to Bloomberg.
In December, an Apple supplier in China was accused of using forced labor from thousands of Uighur workers to make glass for iPhones. The same month, Apple put iPhone partner Wistron on probation after rioting workers caused $7 million worth of damage at a plant in India.
Apple is also reportedly removing the Touch Bar from its MacBook Pro this year.An Apple spokesperson did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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