Other I Want A Folding iPhone

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blairh, Mar 22, 2019.

  1. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    I want a folding iPhone that is essentially the Huawei Mate X (6.6" screen folded, 8" unfolded). Perhaps one that folds in the opposite direction like the Galaxy Fold. I'm confident Apple can eventually figure out the best way to approach this. But I really would love such a device and I hope Apple offers one in the next 2 to 3 years. I think there would be a big market for it.
  2. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Does the world really want a folding phone, even if they work out some of the issues?

    I have no desire for one really. It's kinda like 3D TV to me.
  3. Newtons Apple, Mar 22, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2019

    Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If you are willing to wait 2-3 years, you just might see an Apple folding phone!

    Apple will be more than willing to take your $1600!
  4. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    I believe there will be a large market for them. It will be a hybrid phablet and tablet. Essentially a XS Max and iPad Mini, in one.
  5. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    the "my iPhone screen has a crease in it" threads on forums will blow up the internet
  6. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    There's no doubt the market will be big. Currently, the backside of a smartphone is wasted. It's a very inefficient design from an engineering perspective. Instead of a thick slab of glass, the backside should be a display, which is what the Mate X is.

    In a few years, consumers will view non-folding phones the same way they view phones with physical keyboards. It's a big waste of space.

    Apple told Japan Display in late 2015 they were switching to OLED in 2017. We'll probably see a similar rollout of a folding iPhone in 2021.
  7. Superrjamz54 macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2015
    Just out of curiosity, how do you see what’s on the back when your facing the front?
  8. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    The idea is to have a front and rear display available so the phone can be used regardless of how it's placed on a table.

    A properly designed foldable phone like the Mate X also allows you to use one camera (the best one) for selfies and general photos. This is another win for efficiency.
  9. Ta0jin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2011
    We won't see a folding phone from Apple until they figure out a proper case solution for it. They love that accessory money! Lol :D
  10. Digger148 macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2010
    I'm interested to see what, if any, types protective cases will be available for all of these upcoming (very)expensive and fragile folding devices.
  11. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I think we are a ways off from such form factors becoming ready for consumers.
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    The potential for a folding phone is there, it’s evident this is where manufacturers are leading. The caveat being the hardware needs to mature and the prices are massively inflated for ‘newer age tech’. The question is, will Apple venture on this path, I don’t think they will right now.

    But the smart phone market needs a shakeup, and I commend Samsung and Huwaei for pushing tech further and opening new possibilities.
  13. igroeg macrumors regular


    Feb 22, 2019
    I might change my mind in the future, but as of now I very much dislike the idea of a folding smartphone. It's a nuisance to fold stuff.
  14. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Totally agree with this.

    Not interested in a foldable phone. I had a series of Samsung flip phones and a Sanya Katana. I've been done with folding phones since 2009.

    How annoying having to unfold your damn phone to answer a call.
  15. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    I think it’s just commodity manufacturers struggling to find the next big thing. It might a short lived fad like 3D TV.
  16. jtrue28 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2015
    Lexington, KY
  17. yukari macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    Why would you want one you don't need?
    They are creating a solution to a problem that doesn't exist.
  18. Nerdyaf macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2019
    i dont think everyone will. the scenerios is different. physical keyboards take up screen space, a virtual keyboard allows me to have a bigger screen but retaining a similar size, plus most physical keyboards were crappy. For a folding phone, you have to juggle between having a bigger screen vs the weight, size and battery life of the phone, so the tradeoff is real until there is a breakthrough in batt tech at least. oh and it definitely doesnt help that prices are sky-high.
  19. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    Not really.

    Folding phones sound and look cool for demo, but in reality, it’s cumbersome and cannot be a great phone nor tablet. It would be too thick and less durable for a phone, and it would be too cumbersome for a tablet.

    The foldable phones are simply demos for the technology, which will be used more subtly in existing products. Eg. Apple already use foldable OLED on the X/XS as a way to minimize the bezel and prevent the phone from having a chin.
  20. radiologyman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    Too many trade offs for the novelty. For me Iphone is a tool and as such needs to be light and easy to use single handedly
  21. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    I want a creasless compact phone. Folding or not.
  22. Ralfi macrumors 68030


    Dec 22, 2016
    The only time you need to fold it is when you’re done using it as a tablet.

    If designed right, the folded mode would be used for the majority of the time, on a screen large enough for most tasks (unlike what Samsung have done with the Fold).

    Are you thinking of a flip phone?

    The Fold/Mate X both don’t require the user to unfold to answer a call.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 22, 2019 ---
    Thanks for the negative media clichéd comment. :rolleyes:

    Let them create. Foldables aren’t going to make today’s phones extinct...
  23. subjonas, Mar 22, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2019

    subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    When people hear “folding phones”, I think a lot of them are imagining their current (thin) phones folding out into a tablet. But that’s not reality, because the extra mass does not come from nowhere. The reality is a folding phone is more like two phones attached together. This of course begs the question, do you really want to carry the equivalent mass of two phones all the time?

    For those who really want an ~8” screen always at the ready, the answer might be “yes”, assuming they perfect the form factor (durable, no crease, etc). For others who are fine with the size of their current phones, even if they perfect the form factor, the answer will obviously be no because the extra mass is just not worth it.

    I’m in the latter group. The only kind of folding phone I’m even slightly interested in is a one-handed flip phone—in other words, instead of phone that unfolds into tablet, a very small phone than unfolds into a bigger phone. But even that doesn’t excite me much.
  24. Charadis macrumors 6502a

    Jul 3, 2010
    Hold up there. When you completely unfold the phone, wouldn’t the backside be a waste, too, since there is no screen on the back? So you would need a foldable screen for the back just as well..
  25. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Manufactures Are not creating a solution to anything, they are creating an alternative for those who see the value in a folding display now, but it doesn’t mean that folding displays have an guaranteed future either. It’s too early to tell, because the prices are beyond reasonable for the majority. This is a very niche technology that hasn’t had the opportunity to mature enough. I would say it will be a very ‘telling market’ to know where folding displays stand two years from now.

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