Bank Of America recently announced that in a couple of years, Apple will release a foldable iPhone, throwing it back to the early 2000s because that’s what people want in the future.
According to CNBC, this radically different design will be done by Apple, in partnership with different companies in Asia.
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Wamsi Mohan, an analyst from Bank of America, said “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. 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.”
Foldable phones have been on people’s minds for a while, with companies like Lenovo and Samsung demonstrating concepts with foldable screens, even though no smartphones have been made. PC laptops have been blurring the lines between laptops and tablets, coming up with devices that can function as both, and that have been positively received by critics and users.
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It’s reasonable that the next step for smartphones would be to blur the lines between phones and tablets, giving users the option of carrying a relatively large screen in their pocket. Which company is better suited to do this than Apple, the ultimate smartphone company? Now, the real question is how long can a foldable screen last before it starts to get glitchy.