If we look at the top ranges of the major mobile manufacturers right now, all brands except Apple have dared to some kind of folding cell phone. Only in Cupertino have they not wanted to get into that trend, although sooner or later they might if we listen to the latest Asian media.
The Economic Daily news has revealed that Apple would be testing folding terminals with OLED or MicroLED displaysand that he would have been sending them under the utmost secrecy to the supplier Foxconn so that they too could perform their own tests. According to the source the plan would be a launch of these folding iPhones in September 2022.
Stress testing to ensure a folding terminal does not deteriorate too quickly
Several Anglo-Saxon media outlets such as MacRumors reflect the news and detail that the evidence would include repetitions of open and close the terminal a hundred thousand timesThe same test for portable computer mechanisms is usually 20,000 to 30,000 repetitions. It would mean, therefore, that Apple wants to ensure a display resistant to the most intense uses.
Apparently Apple I would have asked Samsung for samples of folding screens (we saw it in other past rumors), a company that already has some history of learning how to manufacture this type of panels. As far as we know there have been more prototypes in the past, with Jon Prosser claiming to have seen one of them in June, but it is made up of two screens joined together very precisely. It was perhaps one of the first prototypes that Apple had seen as a step towards testing a real folding screen, something we have seen in patents.
Even so, seeing that the dates being considered speak of autumn 2022, it is clear that Apple is in no hurry to enter into this new concept of terminal. And let’s remember that all of this is testing with prototypes, something that does not confirm at all that it is going to do so. We’ll keep an eye out for more clues.