A Foldable iPhone is still in development, launch slated for 2026?

Apple is actively exploring the realm of foldable iPhones, currently testing prototypes in hopes of overcoming design challenges and achieving mass production.

Foldable iPhone concept art, via 9to5Mac

Despite industry-wide concerns about foldable smartphone issues, Apple persists in refining its approach. The prospect of a foldable iPhone launch in 2026 hinges on addressing key obstacles and ensuring a reasonable price point.

The primary impediments, highlighted by The Information, involve creating a durable hinge design and resolving screen creasing during unfolding. While two or more prototypes are in development, specific form factor details remain undisclosed. An unnamed source suggests a launch is unlikely in 2024 or 2025.

Early in the prototyping phase, Apple is engaging in discussions with a component manufacturer for potential supply chain integration. While the manufacturer remains unnamed, previous reports mention Apple receiving foldable display samples from Samsung and LG. However, Apple retains the option to cancel development if dissatisfied with durability or other persistent issues.

Pricing is a significant consideration, with Apple weighing the potential consumer appeal of a foldable iPhone against traditional alternatives. While the company has explored foldable iPads, their launch is contingent on addressing similar challenges observed in the tablet domain.

Despite robust Q1 2024 earnings, Apple recognizes the inevitability of entering the foldable smartphone market to counter competition from more affordable alternatives introduced by competitors. The company faces a strategic imperative to navigate these challenges and eventually launch a competitive foldable iPhone.

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