04 January 2021
Apple has reportedly begun testing components for foldable iPhone models. The report claims that the Cupertino-based tech giant is partnering with its assembly partner Foxconn for these tests. This should not come as a surprise since Foxconn is one of the oldest partners involved with iPhone development and mass production.
The foldable iPhone is said to be getting tested with both OLED and Micro-LED display technologies. The teams are busy figuring which of the two display tech will be more beneficial. An appropriate assembly method will be followed based on what display tech is chosen after successful testing.
One of the crucial things for any foldable device is to ensure that it is durable enough. It should be able to withstand numerous closing and openings while showing the least possible signs of damage. Apple has a reputation for building quality and sturdy products and it is following similar quality standards.
Foxconn has been asked to perform over 100,000 opening and closing tests for bearing evaluation of the device. The number is significantly higher than that of a regular laptop opening and closing test but it makes sense. An average user will surely be opening and closing his iPhone way more than his laptop. Lastly, Apple is said to be working with Samsung for procuring foldable display panels that will be a crucial component.
The report does not offer details about Apple's foldable iPhone design. A previous leak claimed that there will be two separate displays connected with each other through a hinge. The first foldable iPhone is tipped to release sometime in 2022 but an actual release date will surely depend on how the testing and then mass production process goes.