Foldable screens were the trend at this latest Mobile World Congress held a week ago. It seems that smartphones will adopt this technology and design sooner or later, with or without Apple participating in it. Who is willing to take advantage of this is Samsung , who has the technology and has not only made such a phone, but also wants to distribute these panels to Apple or Google among others.
Currently Samsung is the official distributor of the iPhone OLED screens for the most part. In reality there are very few manufacturers of OLED displays in the world and more than one would be surprised to see the amount of components that your iPhone has from Samsung factories. OLED panels are one of those components, and flexible panels could be in the future as well, at least the Korean brand intends to be.
Samsung Galaxy Fold deployed.
According to Asian media ETNews, Samsung has offered a few sample prototypes of the flexible panels to Apple for testing. Apparently they are 7.2 inch panels when open. To put it in context the Samsung Galaxy Fold is 7.3 inches.
The idea of all this? Samsung as an Apple partner and supplier needs to offer you and demonstrate what it is capable of achieving for the company’s future products . If Apple is interested in folding screens, there is the option of Samsung at your disposal. Or who knows, you might be interested after seeing what the Samsung folding screen is capable of.
We’ve been dreaming about the folding iPhone since the phone was first introduced more than a decade ago. Over the years, Apple has issued a number of patents showing a device with a folding screen. Making it a reality is another story . This is a very immature technology at the moment and it has different faults and lacks real utility.
The truth is that I find it difficult for Apple to introduce a folding phone in the next few years . Beyond the current state of these panels, we only have to consider what Tim Cook said in the presentation of the iPhone X in 2017: this is the iPhone of the next 10 years. The important change we have seen is the elimination of the frames and the Home button, a change as big as making it foldable I don’t think it fits into the design that implemented the iPhone X. Time will tell.