The folding iPhone has taken an unexpected step closer to becoming a reality

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Actual components are being manufactured.

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While the long-rumored iPhone Flip has mostly stayed just that, a rumour, it appears like the much-anticipated Apple foldable phone has taken a significant symbolic step closer to being a reality.

This information comes from the Asian news site The Elec, which reported on Apple’s development of a new type of OLED display. This model lacks a polarizer, which is a layer that improves the clarity of the screen, and The Elec claims that this absence, which also makes the screen thinner, makes it suitable for foldable phones.

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This method of removing a polarizer to manufacture foldable phone displays isn’t new; the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 used one, and Samsung Display (a separate arm of Samsung from the group that makes Galaxy smartphones) is now creating Apple’s.

Is this, however, a sign that the iPhone Flip is on its way? No, we don’t believe so.

Analysis: Don’t hold your breath for an iPhone foldable anytime soon

Just because a story claims that Apple is working on folding screens doesn’t imply we’ll be able to buy one this year.

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Not only will other pieces, such as a hinge, body, and components that suit the handset’s bending nature, be designed, but we also don’t know if these screens will be used in the final product.

That’s because the research and design phase, in which numerous prototypes are made and evaluated to determine which is the best, is an important step in the development of a phone.

That’s because the research and design phase, in which numerous prototypes are made and evaluated to determine which is the best, is an important step in the development of a phone.

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The new panels are most likely being developed for test phones that will remain in Apple’s labs and will never be sold. So don’t start putting money away for a foldable iPhone just yet.

However, the fact that Apple is producing iPhone displays shows that it is working on a limited number of prototypes and is no longer in the planning stages.

That still aligns with the iPhone Flip’s rumoured 2025 release date, but if Samsung manages to steal a year with foldable phones in the coming years, Apple may be able to bump that ahead a year if it’s already testing the necessary screen tech.

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Because the iPhone Fold is reportedly delayed, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will be unaffected.

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