Concept design envisions what a foldable iPhone would look like

“Samsung introduced its first smartphone with a flexible display on Wednesday and seemed to pitch itself years ahead of its archrival Apple,” Vincent Verweij writes for Foldable.News. “What will Cupertino’s reaction be, will they follow suit? And what would a foldable iPhone look like?”

Foldable.News asked Dutch industrial designer Roy Gilsing just that,” Verweij writes. “Gilsing is a renowned product developer who has worked for clients such as Rabobank, Colgate-Palmolive and Fresh ‘n Rebel. He’s also one of the specialists of the ‘Stars of Science’ TV show, which is being broadcast in more than 10 countries.”

“At our request,” Verweij writes, “he designed the imaginary ‘iPhone X Fold,’ a sleek handset with two displays.”

Foldable iPhone concept
Foldable iPhone concept

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MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, it won’t “fold” like that, on a line, but bend. We also doubt that Apple would make an asymmetrical device with one straight edge (binding) when closed. Regardless, until enough flexible displays can be made to Apple’s exacting tolerances and in the vast quantities iPhone would require, cost-effectively, Jony Ives & Co. have time to do foldable devices right.

We’ll see a mess of weird attempts before Apple shows how it’s to be done, as usual.MacDailyNews, January 23, 2019

As with fingerprint and facial recognition, when Apple debuts a foldable iPhone, then foldable smartphones will have been done right. — MacDailyNews, January 17, 2019

One of the main problems with Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is that it doesn’t really fold – February 22, 2019
Most analysts expect Apple to wait until 2020 to offer a foldable iPhone – February 21, 2019
Samsung announces foldable 4.6- to 7.3-inch ‘Galaxy Fold’ phone with giant off-center notch, starts at $1,980 – February 20, 2019
Xiaomi reveals dual-folding smartphone prototype (with video) – January 23, 2019
Samsung’s foldable Galaxy phone will cost ‘twice the price of a premium phone’ – January 18, 2019
Lenovo planning to resurrect Razr as a foldable $1,500 cellphone – January 17, 2019
Corning’s bendable Gorilla Glass glass could shape the foldable phones of the future – December 6, 2018
Can foldable phones help Samsung copy Apple? – November 7, 2018
Apple granted a second patent for a folding iPhone with flexible hinge – October 16, 2018
Apple gets 49 new U.S. patents including a foldable iPhone and an iPhone design invented by Steve Jobs – September 4, 2018
BoA Merrill Lynch: Apple is prepping a ‘foldable’ iPhone; U.S. and China trade tensions not an issue for Apple – March 23, 2018
Apple seeks patent for a foldable iPhone – November 28, 2017
Apple teams up with LG Display for foldable iPhone due to concerns over tech leaks to Samsung – October 11, 2017
Apple, LG Display discuss OLED display deal for 2019 – September 7, 2017
LG Display to supply OLED panels to Apple – July 31, 2017
Apple to invest $2.70 billion in LG Display’s OLED production – July 28, 2017
Apple and LG Display plan to derail Samsung’s OLED expansion plans – July 25, 2017
LG Display to invest $3.56 billion in flexible OLED plant – May 30, 2017
Apple patent details foldable iPhone – January 26, 2017
Apple granted U.S. patent for bendable or foldable iPhone using advanced carbon nanotube structures – November 1, 2016
Apple is granted another patent for new flexible handset design – November 22, 2016


  1. I don’t know if Jony can handle something like this though. I hear he’s hold up in dirty underwear and a wife beater with a bottle of scotch in his mansion in a lazyboy mumbling something about I used to be great, GREAT!

  2. Oh MDN, I wasn’t even considering that Apple fans had Samsung envy until your take above.

    A winner before we even know if it exists! Wow!
    I bet I know who would be making the displays for them though….

  3. which is now why Apple should have invested in display tech at the same time they invested in designing their own SOC’s.

    i would say maybe Steve Job’s view of wanting to be able to create the whole widget is holding true, although, he missed on deciding on building their own OLEDs and wasted their time on the crystal stuff.

    1. Apple got screwed by a American company with Trump like business ideas, promise and then don’t deliver.

      And it’s not to late for Apple to get back into display’s, money isn’t the problem wasting time on Hollywood is.

    1. I know about stretching as I regularly stretch credulity with my artistic outbursts.

      At least Samsung can ship. After all, real artists ship, and as you all already know so well, I’m full of ship!

    1. …how agout going straight to TheSystem®, an amalgam of Apple technology:
      a. contacts that are computer screens, (no external glassholes),
      b. AirPods® which contain the phone speakers (hey, already here),
      c. AppleWatch® for the internet connectivity to link it all together (here already too).

      All this working in conjunction for a hands free, VR-enabled, and personally interactive system. Probably too soon for computer screens that small. Using your own body heat and motion could generate the energy to power them all.

  4. Samsung and Huawei have successfully demonstrated how a foldable phone is done. Now Apple, like always, will walk a snail pace to prepare ‘the best iPhone yet’ which will be as foldable as Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.

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