Following years of anticipation and predictions based on sample orders & patent filings, 2 prototypes of a foldable iPhone have been reported by HYPEBEAST ZH, which have passed Apple’s internal durability test.
According to similar reports, the 2 prototypes were originally constructed at Shenzhen, China’s Foxconn factory. The first being unveiled as possessing a dual screen model, which, back in July of 2020 it was leaked by Jon Prosser via Twitter as being: “the current prototype has two separate display panels on a hinge. Round, stainless steel edges like current iPhone 11 design. No notch — tiny forehead on outer display that houses Face ID.”
This prediction is also supported via the actions taken by Apple themselves via the patent filed back in February for: “electronic devices with flexible displays and hinges” The 2nd prototype model, via the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is a sort of clamshell design. it was stated by HYPEBEAST ZH that this particular model is going to be “set to” Apple’s display samples that were originally ordered from Samsung back in September of 2020 per Apple leaker “Ice Universe”.
The gossip about the tests have also come into the light over the course of recent months. It was reported that Apple conducted 100,000+ bearing tests on an iPhone experimenting with its hinge components back in November 2020. These recent reports do not express any further information on the distinctions between the hinges of the 2 prototype models. Although it is likely that Apple is seeking to experiment further to see which of the models holds up to the pressure of multiple “opens” and “closes” over time.
Even though Apple users had anticipated that the foldable iPhone would come sometime in 2021, it probably wont be arriving until 2022 or 2023.
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