This concept is the M1-powered foldable iPhone you'll never be allowed to buy
What you need to know
- A new iPhone concept imagines a foldable device with no ports.
- This concept calls for a foldable iPhone with an M1 chip inside.
- Apple is unlikely to ever make this thing, unfortunately.
A new concept video imagines what an M1-powered, foldable, portless iPhone could look like. And it's something you're going to want — but never be allowed to buy.
Apple's move into the world of a foldable iPhone is something that seems inevitable. It won't happen with this year's iPhone 14 despite the 'iPhone 14 Flip' name this concept carries. And it might not happen with next year's iPhone 15 or 2024's iPhone 16, either. But a foldable iPhone does feel like something that will happen one day. And we're in for a treat if it looks anything like this concept created by Antonio De Rosa.
Check it out and you'll surely agree.
As strange as it sounds and as fanciful as this device might be, the main reason you'll never be able to buy this iPhone is Apple silicon. Apple won't ship an M1 chip in an iPhone for all kinds of reasons that include power draw and heat. But perhaps the largest reason is the current A-series chips and their prowess. Does Apple need to give an iPhone more power than the current A15 Bionic? Not really, and that's why rumors of the non-Pro iPhone 14 models sticking with it make so much sense.
All of that aside, there's no denying that this is one gorgeous iPhone. Probably one of the best iPhone concepts yet. Now we just need Apple to get to a point where it wants to ship a foldable iPhone before we get to enjoy something like it in real life.
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This is absolutely NOT a "concept." Concept is short for design concept and a design concept has to be something that at least *might* be possible (in today's world with today's tech). This is not that. This is just a fanciful render of a future phone that *may* be possible someday but that most likely will not. It has several completely impossible features as should be obvious.