In a world where more and more companies are launching foldable phones, Apple is quickly becoming the odd one out. And it seems that people are starting to lose patience waiting for a foldable iPhone.
With the likes of Motorola, Samsung, and Google having foldable Android phones on the market it's surely only a matter of time before a foldable iPhone arrives. But with there being little sign of that happening any time soon, Apple is losing customers to the competition.
How many customers? Motorola says that 20% of customers buying its Razr foldable phone previously owned an iPhone.
A bendy good time
CNET reports that Motorola's 20% figure is actually based on numbers from 2021, after the company launched its previous-generation Razr foldable. It just announced its replacement, and it's possible we will now see even more iPhone owners make the switch as a result.
"This is definitely the family that we have the most amount of iPhone users switching to us," Allison Yi, Motorola's head of North America product operations, reportedly told CNET.
It's been a while since we saw a credible rumor pointing towards Apple working on a foldable iPhone, however. Instead, it would appear that the company is more likely working on some sort of foldable iPad. There is even a suggestion that a large foldable display could form the basis of a new MacBook Pro, too.
Google, Apple's long-time competition in the smartphone world, recently launched its own Pixel Fold device that's similar to the already popular Galaxy Z Fold from Samsung. That form factor takes something slightly smaller than an iPad mini and folds it in half to create something phone-sized. Others, like Motorola's Razr, are more similar to the flip phones of yesteryear.
It remains to be seen which route Apple will go down if and when it folds the iPhone.
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A ton of people? How many is that?Reply
This seems to be delusional, wishful thinking on Motorola's part.Reply
20% of 10 is 2 people. The article doesn’t give any number of users, making it difficult to gauge how widespread it is.Reply
CNET reports that Motorola's 20% figure is actually based on numbers from 2021, after the company launched its previous-generation Razr foldable.
And now, two years later, those iPhone users that bought the folding phone realized they made a mistake are are back on iPhone.
Depends on whether the average weight is 150 or 200 pounds - my guess between 10-15...Just_Me_D said:A ton of people? How many is that?
dstrauss54 said:Depends on whether the average weight is 150 or 200 pounds - my guess between 10-15...
I got 6 men and 7 women.
Lee_Bo said:And now, two years later, those iPhone users that bought the folding phone realized they made a mistake are are back on iPhone.
They were back on the iPhone 4 months later .
Well, of the number of people I know personally that have a folding phone (can count them on one hand), none of them were previous Apple users.