Other Keen for a 'foldable iPhone'?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 2GoldFish, Nov 7, 2018.

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If Apple release a foldable iPhone in 2020, would you buy one?

  1. Yes, take my money!

  2. No thanks.

  3. Depends...

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  1. 2GoldFish macrumors regular

    2GoldFish

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    If Apple release a foldable iPhone in 2020, would you buy one?
     
  2. revmacian macrumors 6502a

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    I don't see them as much more than a gimmick at this point. Apple would need to do a lot of R&D before releasing something like this.
     
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    Why do I need to unfold or fold my phone? The space gray slab I have right now fits right in my pocket. If it rings I can take it out and answer without having to unfold it. When I'm done it can go right back in my pocket, without having to be folded.

    If people want a folding phone why don't they just go back and buy a flip phone. Flip phones fold. And guess what? They'll be cheaper.
     
  4. Five_Oh macrumors regular

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    I think no.

    But... I've thought that about Apple products before.

    When airpods were first introduced, I thought they were stupid. When I (temporarily it turns out) lost my other BT buds, I reluctantly purchased a pair.

    Wow. Maybe my favorite Apple product.

    Apple usually doesn't miss.

    So... Maybe?
     
  5. Omni Slash macrumors member

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    If done right it can be a nice feature. Doubt the tech is mature at this point but give it some time and it will be.
     
  6. StaceyMJ86, Nov 7, 2018
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    StaceyMJ86 macrumors 68000

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    If Apple release this device, I hope they’d release a regular size iPhone (5’8/6.1/6.5 inch screen) that is not foldable because I do not want one.
     
  7. aakshey macrumors 68000

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    The poll should be:

    If a 128 GB foldable iPhone starts at $1999-2499+ ex taxes, will you bite?
     
  8. Ralfi macrumors 68030

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    Maybe you don't need to unfold it to answer calls though. You'd only need to unfold it when reading documents, web pages, watching movies, gaming etc.

    If it's thin enough, & if the unfolded screen was larger than what was on show at the Samsung DC today, & if the battery life was acceptable, I'd be interested.

    Apple may wait & release a very refined (& $$$) version of it, when the tech is ready...& I'm very curious to see the result.
     
  9. 1rottenapple macrumors 68020

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    I think it would be a situation of wait for the 2nd year model and have them work out all the kinks but it’s pretty interesting concept. I was a doubter but why not let’s see what Samsung can come up with and Apple can be inspired to follow.
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    ok if it’s over 1300 I’m like forget!!!! That’s too much I got a mortgage.
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    Ok how about a 4.7 iPhone that folds to twice its size. That be great. But I hope the each “sandwich” is super thin.
     
  10. aakshey macrumors 68000

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    I can guarantee you it won’t cost less than 1499 ex taxes for the base model. At the bare minimum. But could be more. The top model with AC+, taxes etc will easily exceed 3000 even if the base is 1499 for the bare.
     
  11. xxray macrumors 6502a

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    I appreciate experimentation, but I just don’t see how that would benefit me. I really have no interest.
     
  12. x-evil-x macrumors 601

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    IF you ever used an iPad mini you know how nice a screen the size of 8" really is.
    Its not needed for everyday things also you dont have to always unfold it you just use the normal screen when you dont want a full screen.
    Would you not be interested if apple can release something as thick as an iPhone XR(8.3mm when folded). So unfolded the full tablet size of the device is 4.1mm thick?
    It sounds like a really good experience if you've ever used an iPad mini and appreciate the size real estate. Also think of multitasking like a real computer. Havent separate apps open on the same screen.
    Theres a lot of reasons why this could be huge for the future.
     
  13. treyhunnid macrumors regular

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    Too many parts. And it’s gonna run tablet mode iOS when unfolded? So a folding iPad mini? Battery would be crazy. But apple will make it too thin. I’m good.
     
  14. MultiMan macrumors regular

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    I would say that's a somewhat dangerous viewpoint. Many probably remember what then Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said about the iPhone:



    What I saw in the Samsung keynote was a product pretty near completion, and if they make an overall good phone out of it I may buy my first ever Samsung.
     
  15. Ralfi macrumors 68030

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    That's a bit dismissive. Can there be "too many parts" in a mobile device? Wouldn't it have as many parts as an iPad Pro or Mini?

    How difficult would it be to run Tablet mode on the larger screen & Phone mode on the smaller screen?

    Battery does seem like a challenge, but they may have a battery for each screen.
     
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I mentioned it before, but I welcome change. And if a foldable iPhone ever were to happen, let’s give it the opportunity to see what it would offer first before we criticize it. Is there a strong market for a foldable iPhone? Likely not right now, but technology needs to keep evolving and changing, and why not have something offered some might find interesting, but others may not.
     
  17. StaceyMJ86, Nov 8, 2018
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    StaceyMJ86 macrumors 68000

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    I still wouldn’t buy it. I don’t want any phone under 5.8 inches again and plus I don’t want a foldable iPhone or any foldable phone for that matter.
     
  18. Phone Junky macrumors 65816

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    Was there some kind of leak that I missed? There are currently 3 "foldable phone" threads going.
     
  19. eyoungren macrumors Core

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    I am willing to concede that my environment and the way I use my devices blinds me to whatever benefit a foldable device may offer.

    But because of that, right now, I just don't see it for myself.
     
  20. revmacian, Nov 8, 2018
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    revmacian macrumors 6502a

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    A foldable phone would be too much work, for me at least. If I want a phone, I'll buy a phone. If I want a tablet, I'll buy a tablet. Having a viewscreen that folds means implementing an unnecessary point of failure directly into the product. Ballmer wasn't speaking from a physics point of view, he was speaking from a loyalty point of view.
     
  21. STevil 39 macrumors newbie

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    It depends on how much the folded phone increases thickness and weight. At this point I'm VERY happy with my XSMax and don't really want a larger, folding screen screen.

    That said, if Apple builds one it will most likely be a beautiful piece of hardware that I will want after I see it. (Depending on price, the new iPad Pro's are beautiful but I don't want one because of the price).
     

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