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Apple considers iPhone folding


Apple began working early on the iPhone, a potential competitor to similar devices from Samsung and others, although it plans to make only minor changes to the iPhone line this year.

Cupertino has developed prototypes of folding screens for internal testing, but has not strengthened its plans to launch a folding iPhone.

The development work has not expanded beyond screens, meaning Apple does not yet have full prototypes of the phone in its labs, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

Like Samsung's Galaxy Fold and Motorola's Razr, the folding iPhone allows Apple to make a larger screen device in a smaller size.

The company internally discussed a number of folding screen sizes, including a screen similar to the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Current folding phones have 6- and 8-inch screens when they are not open.

Apple's folding screens include test entry, such as Samsung's, with an invisible joint with electronics behind the screen.

Other companies, including Microsoft, have recently launched devices with visual joints separating two screens.

This represents a radical departure for Apple, arguably: its flagship touch smartphone, which offers full-screen technology, is the most successful consumer technology product in history, helping make Apple the most valuable company in the world.

However, it is possible that the iPhone is folding device years away or may not be introduced in the end.

Apple has not publicly indicated any interest in making a folding phone, although it rarely indicates its interest before entering the new category of products.

The main competitors have the lead in the use of folding devices, and Samsung and Motorola have launched multiple generations of folding phones, with the original Galaxy Fold folding phone launched in April 2019.