According to the dark satanic rumour mill, foldable iPhones are in the testing phase and are not part of Apple's production plans for the next few years. In fact, they may end up as vapourware along with the Apple car.
The source said that Apple has recently asked at least one supplier in Asia for bits and bobs related to two foldable iPhone models of different sizes.
A foldable iPhone would be one of the biggest hardware design changes in the product's history and could give Apple an advantage over its rivals in the cut-throat smartphone industry.
A foldable iPhone could offer more screen space, better portability, and new ways of playing with apps and content. However, it faces many technical problems, such as durability, battery life, and software compatibility. It could also cost more than Apple could ask even its most stupid fanboys.
Apple has not officially announced any plans to launch a foldable iPhone, but it has filed several patents related to foldable devices in the past.
Some patents show different folding methods, such as a book-style fold, a clamshell fold, or a multiple fold. Some patents also show how a foldable device could use a flexible OLED display, a hinge system, and a touch-sensitive layer. However, patents do not necessarily show Apple's actual products, and Apple could change or drop its foldable iPhone plans at any time.
Apple is a long way behind in the foldable smartphone market. The world's biggest smartphone maker, Samsung has already launched several foldable models, such as the Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Flip, and the Galaxy Z Fold 2. Other companies like Huawei, Motorola, and Xiaomi have released or announced their foldable smartphones.
However, foldable smartphones are still a niche market and have not yet become popular. They are pricey, costing more than €930, and have faced some reliability, performance, and usability issues.
According to some analysts and reports, Apple is expected to announce a foldable iPhone in 2025 or later.