Samsung is the leading brand in foldable phones with an overwhelming 80% market share by 2022, but brands like Huawei, OPPO or Honor have already taken their first steps. What about Apple? When the river rings, the water carries: rumors spread and we already know that in Cupertino it is not as important to be the first (impossible, in this case), as to be the best. Thus, there are patents that point to an ingenious mechanism to protect the screen in the event of a fall and to solve the problems inherent in the format such as creases on the screen. Even if We don’t know what the future foldable iPhone will look like for sure, but we definitely know how we’d like it to look and what the rumors and patents we’ve seen indicate.
The iPad is the industry benchmark tablet, among other things, because of features like its multitasking, a feature I’d like to see in a device that, due to screen size, points to a hybrid between a tablet and a smartphone in use.
While iPadOS shares some multitasking features with iOS, like picture-in-picture or gestures to switch between apps, I’d like to see others on the foldable iPhone like Stage Manager, Split View, and iPad Slide Over which would improve its functionality on a screen of its dimensions.
These last two are the most interesting, since they would allow us to work with several applications open simultaneously, since while Split View splits two windows, Slide Over allows the window of another application to move along the edges so that you can move around as you wish.
Compatible with Apple Pencil
By exercising the imagination, we can bring the screen of this hypothetical foldable iPhone closer to that of the current Galaxy Z Fold4, which is 7.6 inches. That’s half an inch smaller than the iPad Mini (2021), by the way. supports the second generation Apple Pencil.
With this in mind, we would expect the foldable iPhone to also allow the use of this accessory, which would be appreciated by its potential buyers: creatives, artists, students, design professionals… allowing a complementary way of working.
With split keyboard
Another iPad feature that I wish Apple replicated in its foldable is split keyboarda function that splits the keyboard into two halves, that optimizes the writing process.
In addition with split keyboard it is possible to move the two halves of the keyboard to place it in a more comfortable position for our thumbs. Applied to a folding this would result in type faster on your bigger screen.
And to ask, Apple might implement a software feature to change the orientation of the inner half of the display, turning it entirely into a keyboard. Of course, that would mean leaving the hinge half-stuck.
A secondary exterior screen
Assuming that rumors suggest this foldable iPhone would be book-like like the Samsung Fold, we’d expect a Secondary external screen to function as a conventional phone.
However, and given the cost of a second screen to use, I would prefer to find a simpler second panel in the style of Samsung’s Z Flip, with a always-on display this would allow you to see notifications, take calls, quickly access the camera and have other widgets.
Make the crease on the screen as imperceptible as possible
One of the biggest design challenges for foldable phones is precisely the fold and its consequent fold: they bother the eye and generate mistrust over time. However, when we look at the Galaxy Z Fold4 and the previous Galaxy Z Fold3, we can see the good work of the Korean firm in minimizing its impact on vision.
That Samsung already has a good track record when it comes to folding is a fact and it’s to be expected that Although Apple joins later, it does so with prior work to join this race. In this sense, the materials used to make the panel could be of the polymer type, some of which have the ability to self-repair light cracks and scratches.
Face ID under the screen
Go ahead, for this foldable phone from Apple, the biometric system I’m hoping to find is Face ID, but not built into a notch or dynamic island, otherwise fulfilling a need for those of us who like all-screen experiences (that’s his thing). , in a terminal like this): Face ID integrated under the camera.
This idea is not so far-fetched, given that there are already rumors pointing to this integration for iPhone 16 Pro and that, although it has more spatial and instrumental needs than the 2D facial recognition of many Android models, it is by no means technically inaccessible.
Integrating two screens (one outside and one inside) would make sense integrate this sensor into the larger screenwhich would unlock the device upon deployment.
Based on the remaining technical challenges for under-panel cameras to meet the quality requirements of the most demanding brands as well as the cost requirements of panel manufacturers, I still believe this roadmap makes sense for the iPhone . pic.twitter.com/3ck5X3sVcL
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 10, 2022
8K video is probably the most ambitious thing we can find in this graphics section and there aren’t many phones that have this feature. Without going any further, there is no iPhone in the list.
This is precisely one of the reasons why Apple could offer 8K recording on its foldable phone: a premium feature for its most ambitious phone in its history. The second reason is that the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 already has it.
As we have already been able to enjoy with the Pro Max models, the bigger a device, the more room there is to integrate a bigger batterywhich will also power its powerful and predictable hardware and a more diagonal screen than usual.
In this sense, it is to be expected that the foldable iPhone will have a battery halfway between the Pro Max and the iPad and one of the keys will be in its secondary screen and its nature. If we also take into account Apple’s good optimization with batteries and their componentsthis could be one of its strengths.
Titanium chassis like the Apple Watch Ultra
Although aluminum is a magnificent material which has amply demonstrated its good results for the construction of apparatus, titanium is more durable, scratch resistant and lightersomething we checked in the Apple Watch Ultra.
The use of titanium for the iPhone is one of those aspirations that has resonated historically since the iPhone 13, but with the upcoming iPhone 15 this rumor is heard with more insistence than ever.
Taking advantage of the premium approach of this foldable iPhone, Apple could allocate this high-level material for its structure, which also fits like a glove to a device that must be resistant and light due to its formatsince by the double it tends to fragility.
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