Apple’s foldable iPhone is further delayed

Apple's foldable iPhone is further delayed

News of foldable iPhones appear from time to time, but there have been few detailed reports that Apple will release such a device in the near future.

A recent report adds to this trend – those expecting a foldable iPhone from Apple may have to lower their expectations. According to a new report from DigiTimes, Apple has significantly pushed back its plans to enter the foldable smartphone market.

Based on information from South Korean sources, the report indicates that Apple has postponed the release of its first foldable iPhone from the fourth quarter of 2026 to the first quarter of 2027.

This delay means that the earliest we could see a foldable iPhone is around the same time as the potential release of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 9.

Samsung introduced its first foldable device back in 2019 and has advanced the technology to the point where foldable devices can be used as everyday devices.

Meanwhile, Apple has been constantly postponing its launch plans, expressing concern that the technology is not yet mature enough to meet its high standards. And so, rest assured, this gives Samsung more room to dominate the foldable device market.

Interestingly, Apple has not changed its plans to supply components. Display suppliers such as Samsung Display and LG Display are still ready to supply flexible displays for the foldable iPhone.

Moreover, it is said that Apple has transferred some of its staff from the Vision Pro AR/VR headset project to work on the complex iPhone.

Reports indicate that Apple is considering two possible designs for its foldable iPhone. One of them resembles a book, similar to the Galaxy Z Fold, with a 6-inch outer screen and an 8-inch inner display. The other design is a cot-like clamshell, similar to the Galaxy Z Flip series.

As for when Apple will actually launch its foldable device, it remains uncertain. However, it is clear that the Cupertino-based company is actively working on this technology, which gives hope for its eventual release.


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