Apple has secretly started work on a screen prototype for its folding cellphone, which until now is not yet known when it will be introduced to the public.
Launching The Verge on Saturday (16/1/2021), a report states that Apple has done work on a screen prototype for its folding cellphone. The screen is reportedly similar to the folding screen used by Samsung, Motorola and other manufacturers that have already marketed their foldable phones.
The Cupertino, California, United States-based company is known to be looking for a way to create a foldable screen with a largely invisible hinge that opens up to the size of the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The report said that the development team is currently still discussing the screen size that will be made.
However, the report mentions that the device is likely to be released in years away, and Apple is only working on the display for now, not the rest of the phone.
Apple hasn’t publicly shown any interest in making foldable phones, although the tech giant rarely shows interest before entering a new product category.
Apple’s main competitors who have entered the product category beforehand, include Samsung and Motorola which have released several generations of foldable phones. The Samsung Galaxy Fold was introduced in April 2019, although it was later fixed due to substantial issues.
While iPhones this year will reportedly have minor improvements, one substantial improvement that is still possible is the in-display fingerprint sensor.
Apple is reportedly considering the feature in early 2020, and it is expected to be a clear addition by 2021 as the use of face masks hinders the ability to use Face ID.