A new report has Apple likely to be in receipt of foldable displays from LG as soon as 2018, and while this will come later for the next iPhone and perhaps even the one after that, this rumor suggests that at least one iPhone before 2020 will feature a foldable display.
Apple’s next iPhone, which is not expected to debut until September of 2017, has long been rumored to feature an OLED display, which may also be curved in a similar way to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge. While that takes care of 2017, rumors are already beginning to take shape for what Apple will bring to the smartphone market in subsequent years, with foldable rather than curved displays expected to be on the horizon.
According to a new report by South Korean website ETNews, Apple will be provided with foldable displays as soon as 2018, with LG said to be the provider of said panels. Apple won’t be the only smartphone maker with such displays however, with Microsoft and Google also believed to be on LG’s list of partners for the screens.
Apple’s upcoming iPhone may not feature the foldable technology that has been on the cards for a while now, but rumors make it appear increasingly likely that foldable screens are on the way to smartphones in the not-so-distant future.
LG has shown off displays that are bendable and foldable at various trade shows for the past three years, making the company one of the biggest names in that arena.
Quite how smartphone makers incorporate such a display into a phone’s design remains to be seen, but we’re all for foldable screens, if only to make them more shatter-resistant rather than have them be something we can roll up like a newspaper.
iPhone 8 concept by Veniamin Geskin
Though, now that we think about it, that does sound pretty damned awesome.
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