By CAPosts 18 January, 2021 - 09:06am 77 views
Apple began work on an iPhone with a folding screen, a potential rival to similar devices from Samsung and others, although for this year, it only plans minor changes to the iPhone line.
The Cupertino, California-based company has developed folding display prototypes for internal testing, but it hasn't consolidated its plans to launch a foldable iPhone yet. Development work hasn't expanded beyond a screen, meaning Apple doesn't yet have full phone prototypes in its labs, according to a person familiar with the project, who asked not to be identified as private information. Like Samsung's Galaxy Fold , Motorola Razr, and other offerings from Chinese companies like Huawei, the foldable iPhone would allow Apple to make a device with a larger screen in a more comfortable version to carry.
Apple has internally discussed one. series of folding screen sizes, including one that folds out to a size similar to the 6.7-inch screen on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Current folding phones have 6-inch and 8-inch fold-out screens.
Apple's folding screens in their prototypes, like Samsung's, have a near-invisible hinge with electronic devices located behind the screen, the person said. Other companies, including Microsoft, have recently released devices with visible hinges that separate two separate panels. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.
This would be a radical departure for Apple . The company is a pioneer in the use of full-screen smartphones and the iPhone is arguably the most successful consumer technology product in history, making Apple the most valuable company in the world. However, a foldable iPhone is likely years away or ultimately fails to get ushered . The company is currently focused on launching its next-generation flagship iPhones and iPads later this year.
Apple is not planning any major changes to this year's iPhone lineup due to improvements it made in 2020, including the 5G network and the new designs, according to people familiar with the situation. Within Apple, engineers consider the upcoming iPhones to be another "S" version of the device, the nomenclature generally given to new iPhones with minor updates.
Covid-19 has also complicated new product development, since that Apple's hardware engineers only work in Silicon Valley offices a few days a week and in limited numbers. That has meant redirecting the workload to Apple's engineers in China.
Last year, the pandemic delayed the launch of the iPhone 12 by several weeks, but Apple was able to include almost all the planned functions, except for an accessory called "AirTags." to locate physical items such as backpacks and keys. The company now plans to release that accessory this year, and is planning multiple accessories for it, including a leather keychain. Samsung announced a similar gadget earlier this month
For its line of tablets, Apple plans a new iPad Pro that looks like the current model but adds a MiniLED display and a much faster processor. A slimmer and lighter entry-level iPad is also in the works that uses the same design as the 2019 iPad Air.
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