As we’ve briefly mentioned already, Apple’s foldable phone patent is big news. The patent means the company will almost certainly be working on a foldable iPhone in the near future. While it will take at least a couple of years before anything starts to hit the market, just the fact that Apple is beginning to explore this technology is enormous news. In this article, we go through some of the big things it means for the tech world at large, and mobile phones in the near future.
Foldable Phones Will Be a Big Thing
With Apple’s foray into the foldable phone technology space, we now know that almost every major player is working on foldable phones. Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, LG, and Motorola are all planning to release a foldable mobile phone. There are now very few major mobile phone manufacturers who have not announced that they are researching foldable technology, and chances are, we will hear more announcements from the likes of HTC and others who want to break into the market.
If all of the major manufacturers are investing in foldable phones, that clearly implies that they all think foldables are going to be a massive success in the future. While the newest foldable smartphones will be costly (the Huawei Mate X is two thousand pounds), in a few years we expect the technology to be established enough and mass manufacturing to be viable enough to see budget foldable smartphones also hit the market. Once foldable smartphones start being released costing less than a thousand pounds, they will have mainstream appeal, and we expect most people to begin using foldable smartphones. Expect foldables to be a big thing in the next few years!
Apple is Behind the Curve
The leak of Apple’s patent into foldable technology comes at around the same time that other companies are doing demonstrations and announcing launch dates of their foldable phones. Could this mean that the tech juggernaut is finally behind the times? Apple made its name as the home for tech geeks and early adopters, but for now, it seems that Huawei and Samsung are beating the iPhone makers to market.
Perhaps this is because Tim Cook and the rest of the Apple team do not have that much stock in foldable phones, and believe it will just be a gimmick compared to other features. The patent, after all, was applied for in 2016, almost three years ago. However, we’re not convinced. Instead, it seems that Apple genuinely has missed out a bit on the flashy new tech and are playing catch-up, and the foldable phone patent is just a bit of marketing to show they are at least ‘aware’ that the technology exists.
The big fear for Apple will be that they lose the ‘cool’ factor of their products. Apple has always positioned the iPhone as the ‘best’ you can get on the market, from its premium pricing and marketing strategy to its extremely high-performance statistics and status as the ‘first smartphone’. However, Samsung and Huawei’s devices are turning heads, and early adopters might move away from Apple towards these newer technologies. If they succeed, then these two companies (which always have specialised in budget smartphones) might finally start eating into Apple’s premium hone market. Apple does not want to be behind the curve if that happens.
It Will be Years Before a Foldable iPhone hits the Market
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As so very little has been leaked from Apple in response to the flurry of announcements from competitors about foldable smartphones, we can only assume that Apple has not invested anywhere near as much as these companies into foldable devices. This means that Apple, if they ever make a foldable iPhone, are not rushing production as a priority. In other words, it will take years before Apple finally gets around to making a new iPhone with a foldable display.
This is, to an extent, understandable. Apple is just about to release the iPhone 11, for example, which will contain more power and functionality than any phone before it. However, we can’t help but feel disappointed. If you’re like us, and really want to see a foldable iPhone hit the market, we’re just going to have to wait for a few years for the Apple development team to get into gear.
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