Apple Supplier Corning Working on Glass Display Solution for Foldable Phones

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  1. Sabelonada macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2018
    Better to burn out than fade away.
  2. iLLUMI macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2012
    Now there's a brilliant idea!!
    Would be nicer to have a larger display on Apple Watch. Having a fold out display would be great.
  3. creediddy macrumors regular

    Sep 11, 2014
    I hate to see all of this corporate greed for a device that will be eventually become mainstream in less than 2 years. There is nothing wrong with our solution of a phone and tablet. This foldable phone isn't solving an issue for most people, but casting more of an idea of manufacturer's trying to find the next best thing for consumers to latch onto.
  4. spacemnspiff macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2009
    One thing that's missing is the plastic screen on a foldable phone, although folding screen is innovative but with plastic screen, it's just a novelty, not really durable or satisfying like glass ones.
  5. BaccaBossMC macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2016
    NC, USA
    I wonder if they have looked at using a harder plastic insert around the radius of the fold, but using normal, thick glass for the rest of the screen? That would help durability but still allow folding. The hard part would be matching the surface feel.
  6. Breaking Good macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2012
    Just my US$0.02.

    I can see use cases for these foldable displays, but not by Apple. The demand simply isn't going to be big enough to justify Apply making a device with a foldable display.

    Besides, diplays are already passé. The future is going to be a device that projects a 3D image directly onto the retina.
  7. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    Why can't they dip it into the molten salt first and then remove it, before applying the electronics to the glass?
  8. trillionaire macrumors regular


    Dec 19, 2018

    I also thought it's a pretty good idea to have a few devices in one, but it doesn't seem like most people share that opinion. From what I'm seeing, most of the comments are saying that it's an unnecessary device and has no practical applications. Maybe more people will come around once they've had a chance to actually use it.
  9. IRockThat828pScreen macrumors regular


    Jan 15, 2019
    Plastic scratches more easily and has an ugly crease where the fold is. Glass would mitigate both of those issues.
  10. RichHI macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2018
    Princeville, HI
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    Reminds me of the Sony twin screen folding tablet. What comes around goes around. Looks like tech in search of a reason to me.
  11. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
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    paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    I think they still need to find a compelling purpose for a foldable phone.

    Suppliers will invent or improve on new materials and components, but often its applied for the wrong purpose... Electronics manufacturers will automatically apply it to phones because smartphones is a big market.

    Why not apply foldable displays where it's needed (a compelling purpose)?
    Like say VR glasses so that the display can wrap around various head contours/sizes, making things less bulky ... or smartwatches & watch bands where it can wrap around various wrist sizes to make things more comfortable.
  13. blacktape242 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2010
    Sacramento, CA
    to be honest, i would actually be interested in a phone like this, call me crazy, but i can see the benefits in my everyday life.....
  14. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    I'd be terrified to drop my phone!
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    I'd much rather see this on an apple watch.
  15. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    Puts a whole new meaning to fitness bands.
  16. calzon65 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    I admit a foldable display is impressive, but I'm not sure consumers will want it.
  17. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    Just because you can doesn't mean that you should.
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    No it doesn't. Glass at room temperature is a solid, it has no liquid characteristics when it is a solid. Similarly, when it is heated to melting it no longer has any solid characteristics. Using your criteria, water also falls into this category along with almost every element.
  18. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    Maybe it's just me, but I don't give a rip about a foldable display.
  19. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    Ditto. The last thing I need is a wraparound display that's going to get all scratched up. These foldable phones are a solution without a problem.
  20. spacebro Suspended

    Oct 1, 2015
    I don't want a foldable iPhone, I want a foldable iPad Pro that can take calls.
  21. pika2000 macrumors 603

    Jun 22, 2007
    Do we even need foldable phone? My guess is actually no. The tech foldable OLED is useful, and Apple has used it in the X and XS to fold the end of the panel to hide the controller and have edge-to-edge display.

    So foldable phone is just a demo of the tech that in the end is applicable in other things.
  22. joueboy macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2008
    Makes me wonder how long is Apple willing to wait for a foldable glass. That's going to be a very very very very very loooooongggggg time. :rolleyes:
  23. Jimmy Bubbles macrumors 6502a

    Jimmy Bubbles

    Jul 10, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    iPhone Flip 2020. Now it seems Apple is chasing after Samsung..?
  24. douglasf13 macrumors 68000

    Jul 2, 2010
    Yeah, I would love an XS-sized phone that would fold in half and only be a bit thicker.
  25. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Prediction: $799 to replace a cracked folding iPhone display. Will crack from half the drop height of the XS.

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