What you need to know
- Two foldable iPhone prototypes have passed internal testing.
- One prototype features a dual-display whereas another features a clamshell design.
As reported by The Economic Daily Times (via MacRumors), two prototype iPhones featuring a foldable display have passed internal durability tests. Each prototype reportedly features an Apple-designed folding hinge system, and both have apparently completed testing at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen, China.
The first foldable iPhone is said to be a dual-screen model that, despite being made with two separate displays, comes together when it is folded out to appear as if it is one giant screen. This design sounds similar to Microsoft's Surface Duo, albeit the seamless folded-out display.
The second prototype is a clamshell design similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or the new Motorola Razr.
According to the report, Apple currently only plans to move forward with one of the designs and, now that testing is complete on both prototypes, will decide on which one it will move to the next stage of development.
A foldable iPhone, according to UDN, will not see any kind of public announcement until at least 2022 or 2023.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.