A video posted on the YouTube channel #iOS beta news shows a concept from designer Iskander Uteybayev for a foldable iPhone called the iPhone Flip. Even though many people around the world are eagerly awaiting the release of the iPhone 12, there is growing pressure to offer consumers more reasons to upgrade to their latest and greatest. With other companies—like Samsung and Motorola—jumping into the foldable phone market might just be what Apple needs to do. Fortunately, concepts like the one in the video may pave a way for the tech giant to do so.
In the video, the iPhone Flip is shown as having a full display that neatly folds in half to fit into your pocket. When folded, a smaller display on half of the back offers access. The back also sports iPhone’s “stovetop” camera set up. The front of the phone has a hole-punch camera. Watching the video, you’ll note that the screen has no creasing when unfolded, but that might just be the wishful thinking of a concept. In reality, existing foldable phones have been plagued by creasing. The phone uses a clamshell design to accomplish the folding, with a large hinge holding the two halves together. The phone features an automated flipping mechanism that is activated by sliding up on the outer screen, which may actually help with the creasing and other issues.
The idea of a foldable phone is appealing as it allows for even bigger screens while taking up less space when folded. With phones increasingly serving as entertainment hubs, the bigger screen would attract a lot of attention, especially from people who find the 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max just too big. Unfortunately, Apple has never talked about making a foldable phone, so this concept may not ever see the light of day. That being said, if Apple wants to stay competitive, they’ll have to start looking into this option.