What you need to know
- Apple is said to be testing a new type of glass for its rumored folding iPhone.
- Jon Prosser states APple is working on a 'chemically strengthened Ceramic shield glass' that can be folded.
- This is a new type of prototype with one folding display, rather than two joined by a hinge.
A new report says that Apple is testing chemically 'strengthened Ceramic Shield folding glass' in one of its folding iPhone prototypes.
Rumors abound that Apple is planning to release a folding iPhone... well... someday. In December Digitimes said it would be released in 2022, the only noted detail would be that the iPhone would use a flexible OLED display. Serial Apple leaker Jon Prosser has previously stated that Apple's 'foldable' iPhone isn't really foldable, but is rather two separate display panels joined with a hinge similar to the Microsoft Surface Duo.
In a new Front Page Tech video, Prosser has revealed a new update in the folding iPhone saga:
As opposed to two separate displays, Prosser says Apple is now testing an "actual foldable display panel". The tech behind the move is reported to be 'chemically strengthened Ceramic Shield folding glass'. Prosser did however note that folding iPhone prototypes are in their very early stages and that the situation is very fluid. Responding to Prosser's info, display analyst Ross Young noted:
Apple's foldable phone remains a whispered rumor at this point, but all the signs point to some kind of prototype is in the works and making the rounds for testing. Whether any foldable iPhone makes it to market remains to be seen.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9