After Samsung’s bendy Galaxy Z Fold 3 and clamshell Galaxy Z Flip 3, a reincarnation of the Motorola Razr, and even Google said to be working on a foldable Pixel, Apple appears to be joining the foldable smartphone bandwagon, with rumours of a foldable iPhone gaining traction.
Since 2017, analysts and leakers have been pushing the release date back, and rumours and wish lists have only grown in popularity.
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While the iPhone Flip’s release date appears to be a changing target, Youtuber ardstudiodesign has made a concept render video of the forthcoming foldable iPhone, which is expected to launch in 2023.
The Youtuber’s gadget render is quite similar to a prototype design revealed last year by Graphic designer Technizo, which had a design influenced by Samsung’s previously released Galaxy Z Flip3. The smartphone is depicted in the render with a triple-camera unit on the left and a secondary screen on the right.
Other high-end flip phone concepts teased by the Youtuber include the gadget becoming waterproof by going portless and having a firmly sealed hinge. He also proposes the iPhone Flip with the Apple M1 chip, which, while appealing as a concept, is impracticable due to its overheating issues, and it will be difficult to keep temperatures under control on such a small foldable gadget.
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Apple’s recent push for MagSafe charging, as well as rumours that the company may eliminate actual SIM card slots in future iPhone models, make going portless appear less far-fetched.