Apple reportedly orders ‘large number’ of Samsung foldable display samples

According to leaker “Ice Universe,” who has today shared the information on Weibo, Apple has requested that Samsung provide foldable display samples for a potential future foldable iPhone.

Samsung currently supplies OLEDs to Apple for current and future generation iPhones.

Foldable iPhone concept
Foldable iPhone concept

Hartley Charlton for MacRumors:

The “large number” of foldable displays will be samples for use in mobile phone devices, and Samsung will apparently supply the units to Apple for the duration of one year. The leaker also seemed to stress the immediacy of this development, perhaps implying that the order is about to commence.

Last year, it was reported that Samsung was shipping its foldable display technology to other companies, including Apple, in the hopes of receiving orders. The new leak may indicate that after testing initial samples last year, Apple is now trialling foldable devices more extensively. Some sources have proposed that a foldable ‌iPhone‌ could launch as soon as next year.

according to research from Strategy Analytics releaseed in February, global foldable smartphone shipments will grow to 100 million by 2025 from under 1 million units in 2019, including a foldable iPhone from Apple.

MacDailyNews Take: Prototyping and shipping are two entirely different things.

Is that a foldable phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see us? “Too thick when folded” is why it makes perfect sense for Apple to do a foldable display first with iPad, a device that is not carried in pockets and where thickness when folded is therefore not an issue.

Foldable iPhone? Apple U.S. Patent application illustration "Electronic devices with flexible displays and hinges"
Apple U.S. Patent application illustration “Electronic devices with flexible displays and hinges”

31 Comments

  1. I will never buy a phone where the display itself is folded over and the subsequent fatigue break factor. A two sided foldover phone however is a horse of a different color.

    1. The hinge just wouldn’t standup over time. Move on Apple….Upgradeable ram, and upgradeable graphics card in a iMac is where the focus should be.

      Also being able to pair two Silicon iMac’s side by side would also be more worthwhile. Make it happen.

        1. Applecynique has a foldable brain… it keeps folding in on itself until there is nothing. That is where it has stayed since 1984. It’s sad, but true… if you want to see Bidenesque levels of dementia thinking at work, just look for an Applecynique post.

  2. Foldable iPhone…that’s Shitastic!!!!!. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. Foldable phones have been out for a few years now and I still haven’t met anyone that’s owned a foldable phone and kept it for longer than a month, and why…because the average human is smart enough to figure out that spending a lot of money on a product that adds more points of failure is stupid.

  3. [Is that a foldable phone in your pocket or are you just happy to see us?]

    So says MDN until Apple actually ships one. Then MDN will claim it’s the greatest thing ever. Remember when MDN used to say phablets were ridiculous? Same will happen with foldable iPhones.

    Personally, I just wish there was a flagship iPhone in the original SE form factor. Phones are too damn big right now (even the new SE is too big). And I have huge hands.

      1. My response is below, some how it got out of line.

        In just over three hours I have 25 one star down votes on one post, 24 1.5 down votes on the other and your response to my post you have 23 one star down votes.

        Nothing like an accurate reflection of reality… 🤣

  4. Excellent point, AC.

    Remembering history there seems to be no other way for Apple. But that said, in case by case examples below they reimagined or revolutionized each category making their products infinitely better and second to NONE.

    The iPad creatively followed Microsoft’s first tablet they shelved as an R&D Project.

    The iPhone creatively followed Blackberry.

    The iPod creatively followed popular MP3 players of the day.

    The Safari web browser creatively followed Netscape.

    The HomePod creatively followed many popular speakers out years before.

    The Apple Music subscription creatively followed popular streaming services like Spotify.

    There are others, but these are some of the greatest hits, with one very important historical exception. The GUI Genesis of Apple in their humble beginnings when they proudly flew the pirate flag over their headquarters:

    “The closest thing in the history of computing to a Prometheus myth is the late 1979 visit to Xerox PARC by a group of Apple engineers and executives led by Steve Jobs. According to early reports, it was on this visit that Jobs discovered the mouse, windows, icons, and other technologies that had been developed at PARC. These wonders had been locked away at PARC by a staff that didn’t understand the revolutionary potential of what they had created. Jobs, in contrast, was immediately converted to the religion of the graphical user interface, and ordered them copied by Apple, starting down the track that would eventually yield the Lisa and “insanely great” Macintosh. The Apple engineers– that band of brothers, that bunch of pirates– stole the fire of the gods, and gave it to the people.”

    Much more historical details here:

    https://web.stanford.edu/dept/SUL/sites/mac/parc.html

    Apple owner since my Lisa…

      1. That is correct AC and one important fact many fans of the Windows OS to this day are totally unaware.

        Revisiting history Bill Gates betrayed Steve Jobs and the 1985 joint licensing agreement and ruthlessly copied the first Macintosh GUI OS incorporating graphic elements in subsequent releases of Windows OS, for one example the recycle bin replacing the trash can, in the mid to late 1980s.

        Apple sued Microsoft and the case was resolved in the early 1990s ruling in favor of Microsoft, imagine that, and shortly thereafter Windows 95 took the world by storm spawning rumors Apple would be going out of business and priming Michael Dell’s tongue to close Apple and give money back to the shareholders.

        Then the prodigal iCEO son returned to Apple in 1996. Led boardroom coup in 1997 ousting then CEO Gil Amelio. In August 1997 at the Macworld Expo SJ to audible audience gasps announced a $150 million investment deal with Microsoft. In 1998 Apple released the first iMac and also hired Tim Cook to lead Apple Worldwide Operations (i.e. cheap Chinese labor moving thousands of potential jobs out of the USA taking advantage of bad trade deal NAFTA).

        Mac OSX released in March 2001, first iPod released October 23, 2001 and the first iPhone released June 2007 and the rest to this day is Apple trillion dollar history…

      2. Sorry, PARC didn’t invent it either. The origin of the GUI goes back to work done on radar systems in the 1950s which people at PARC were inspired by. For someone who pretends to be a geek you don’t know much about the true history of computing.

          1. He probably figured you could look at the evidence and cited references in Wikipedia, “History of the Graphical User Interface,” hardly an obscure source. PARC adapted the GUI for the Alto (Steve Jobs’ inspiration) from Doug Engelbart’s work with mouse, windows, and hypertext at the Stanford Research Institute, but that was inspired by ideas published by Vannevar Bush in 1945. Before Engelbart invented the mouse, the first pointing devices were light pens used to designate targets on radar screens.

            1. I only cited Steve’s team involvement at PARC and Steve’s GUI epiphany to bring it to Apple. I’m not writing a GUI history book for chrissake!

              Yes, I was aware of other sources you mentioned when I was in high school, get a grip…

            1. Who is lazy?!?!?! I’m not writing a GUI history book and well aware of GUI research for decades.

              I was simply challenging @Sorry Nope to produce the evidence what I already know, so butt out pal…

            2. So, just like You-Know-Who with the coronavirus, you knew the truth (that Jobs and Apple were building on existing work) but chose to knowingly promote “alternative facts” that provided a better narrative for your purpose. Then, when challenged, you refused to admit your “error” (lie) but doubled-down on it and demanded that the challenger prove the truth you already knew. When he rightfully ignored you, you taunted him and accused him of (all-caps) pretending to know the truth—when you knew that he was, in fact, telling the truth. When I wasted my time providing the proof to avoid any third parties being misled, you insisted that lying was no big deal and admitted that you had known the truth all along.

              Typical.

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