On November 17, reports from the supply chain stated that Apple’s long-term assembly partner Foxconn is now testing a foldable iPhone for the company, which may be unveiled in September 2022.
According to the report, Foxconn is testing this kind of equipment, which may confirm that Apple recently ordered a folding iPhone screen from Samsung. According to reports, the test focused on the use of OLED or micro LED screens, because the choice will affect the way the final device is produced.
It is reported that Apple has asked Foxconn to test the screen and the bearings of the folding iPhone device. The actual folding bearing will come from multiple suppliers, but the final assembly will be handled by Foxconn.
Earlier reports said that the foldable iPhone may take several years to come out. However, according to unnamed supply chain sources, Apple is expected to release its first foldable iPhone from September 2022.
According to reports, the folding test of conventional laptops requires 20,000 to 30,000 times to open and close. Foxconn said that for the foldable iPhone, Foxconn will conduct more than 100,000 opening and closing tests.
The new report did not give details of the design of the foldable iPhone, and its source said the design is constantly changing. However, leaker Jon Prosser recently claimed that the foldable iPhone will be a two-screen phone, similar to the Microsoft Surface Duo.