Last year, Apple introduced a case for small phones, citing convenience, and large phones, citing how nice the larger screen is. The Apple iPhone Fold concept gives consumers the best of both worlds.
Here’s the scoop. We know Apple is working on foldable phones. Multiple patents confirm that they have been testing curved screens, new interlocking hinges, and their IP stock almost certainly has folds in it. However, the company is known for its “go hard or go home” approach, which means it will never try anything. Until it becomes absolutely perfect…even if it means getting beaten up by companies like Samsung or Huawei.
Designer: Michel Dufka
Although it is unlikely that apple Will be launching a foldable iPhone in the next couple of years at least, here’s a look at a concept that does the tough job of living up to the iPhone’s already sacred reputation as the best phone on the market. Meet the iPhone iFold, a foldable concept from the brain of Michel Dufka. The iPhone iFold (although Apple would probably call it the iPhone Dynamic Clamshell) follows the MotoRAZR and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip format, with a foldable clamshell-style design that gives the advantage of a compact iPhone with a generous large screen.
There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s start with the format itself. It’s not much different from the Galaxy Z Flip (which is arguably a more popular model than the Z Fold), and for what it’s worth, it looks a lot like your standard iPhone too. So for Apple owners, there’s nothing to really hate here – it’s literally a standard iPhone when you open it. However, there are two interesting little details… (actually maybe more than just two)
For starters… this is the first iPhone with two screens. With a smaller screen on the side of the camera bump, the iPhone iFold, you can now access important stats and notifications without unlocking your phone. This secondary screen, sort of like enjoying an Apple Watch, gives you an idea of what’s going on. Given Apple’s recent advances in always-on displays, this new iPhone has the perfect setup. Leave the main screen off while the phone is off, and keep the secondary screen on at all times. Also, is it just me or does the concave bezel of the secondary screen look a lot like the Apple Watch Ultra?!
However, the second detail can be attributed to the fact that this concept was created before the iPhone event on September 7. Swipe up and look at the screen and you’ll notice a punch-hole camera instead of a “dynamic island”. It’s not entirely clear how designer Michel Dufka expected the new phone to authenticate users, although perhaps future tech could see facial recognition tech sit completely under the screen with only the camera hole needed to show itself on the screen. Arguably the primary camera lenses can serve as FaceID scanners as well (after all, there is a LiDAR scanner in the camera array), although this seems to complicate matters. If you notice, the iPhone iFold concept also has a SIM tray, which is what Apple is notorious for getting rid of the iPhone 14 series.
Will Apple release a foldable phone soon? If I was a betting guy, I would put all my money in NO. The company’s product development cycle is completely spy-free, but words always leak about what’s going to be released in the next year or two. Of the trusted leakers, the foldable iPhone isn’t one of them.
That doesn’t mean a foldable iPhone isn’t a great idea. Like I said, this foldable format offers the best of both worlds, giving you a small square tablet when you need it, and a large vertical screen when you want it. I wonder where and how you can install things like MagSafe Charger and Wallet, but…