Now that the first foldable smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy Fold, is officially announced and we can expect it in stores very soon, it remains for apple to prove to Samsung and to the rest of the world how a really successful foldable smartphone should be like.
Price wise the bar has been set by Samsung at a very high level: $1980 for the Galaxy Fold, a price that is very high for many. Lenovo, Huawei, Xiaomi and other top manufacturers will be in a hurry that we can buy just as good foldable phones for less money. Based on the results Samsung will have with the Galaxy Fold, Apple might adjust the price of the foldable iPhone to make it more attractive for consumers.
According to the patent application, Apple might pick a different approach by creating a taller and thinner iPhone Plus version, which folds horizontally from the middle. Basically, we’re dealing with a reinterpretation of the Clamshell format adapted to be used by a single large dimension screen.
Starting from the idea that the future generation of foldable OLED screens will have less constrains regarding the folding radius and direction, Apple is thinking of an iPhone that can be folded in the front-back direction and used in any of the intermediary modes. Basically, it is the same concept as the Lenovo Yoga, but with a single display.
Unfortunately, there’s a super long road ahead from a patent to a commercial product and Apple has to overcome many technical obstacles. Apple must also pay a lot of attention to the operating system as iPhone apps need a lot of changes to be able to provide users with a convincing experience.
Samsung has taken the first step and released the Galaxy Fold, now we get information that Apple has a patent for a similar phone. Who knows, by the time Apple gets to create and release it’s first foldable phone, the prices will also go down a bit because, let’s face it, $1980 for the Galaxy Fold is a bit too steep for a phone, for the regular consumer that is, the consumer that usually buys the top of the line when it comes to smartphones from Apple and Samsung.