Apple's Solution to the Ever-Larger iPhone? Fold it

Apple is reportedly working with LG on a future foldable iPhone

The first report of Apple working on a foldable iPhone came around a year ago. This could dispel earlier rumors that the company was working with LG to develop a foldable iPhone. The "Galaxy X", Samsung's foldable display phone is also rumored to make an appearance during the CES consumer technology show in January 2018.

The application, filed back in September, says the technology is related to any kind of electronic device that has a display, such as a "laptop computer, a tablet computer, a cellular telephone or a wristwatch".

Earlier, reports said Apple has made a decision to go with LG and not Samsung (Samsung OLED displays are the best in the industry) owing to the fear that specifications could be leaked as Samsung is its arch-rival.

According to ETNews, BOE is set to have not one, but two OLED production lines that will be catered for the iPhone display. According to reports, the company invested in the development of flexible OLED displays from LG and construction of a factory for their production.


However, it should be noted that this isn't the first time we are hearing that Apple has plans to launch the foldable iPhone with.

While Samsung is working on cracking this already, ZTE released a folding phone of sorts last month. LG Display is also said to be partnering with Google and Microsoft to manufacture "out-foldable" OLED displays. While Samsung provides the OLEDs used in the iPhone X, it seems Apple might move to a different supplier for the bendy device as it looks to reduce its reliance on its chief rival.

Furthermore, Chul-Joong Kim has also stated that since the 6.5-inch model of iPhone may possibly use only 180 panels per sheet compared to the fact that the iPhone X uses 230 panels per sheet, new technical challenges are likely to be thrown up. The Chinese company Oppo too plans to launch a foldable phone with a rotating selfie camera.

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