Apple is reportedly working on a foldable iPhone to be released within two years, a Wall Street firm said today. Bank of America Merrill Lynch says Apple is working with Asian partners to make a whole new iPhone design, as reported by CNBC.
“We expect the iPhones this fall to be largely unchanged for the OLED versions although size changes have proved to be a catalyst in the past,” analyst Wamsi Mohan wrote in a note to clients Friday. “Our checks also suggest that Apple is working with suppliers on a foldable phone (that potentially could double up as a tablet) for launch in 2020.”
Samsung has confirmed that it’s been working on a foldable smartphone for years and could release the device, believed to be known as the Galaxy X, as soon as this year. Rumors have said that the Galaxy X could also come with a screen-extension feature that could allow it to be used both as a smartphone and a tablet.
While Samsung and Lenovo have demoed folding phones, it’s Motorola that has been dropping the hardest hints that a new folding phone is on the horizon. While it piques our interest to think that folding phones are the next horizon in smartphone technology, I can’t help but think of the ridiculous, circular nature of it all. We’ve come so far from folding phones on our belt clips, do you really want to start over with that?