This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
It has been reported many times that Apple is developing a foldable device, but no products have been announced. However, rumors have suggested that the company has asked Samsung to provide samples of a large number of folding screens.
According to a post on Weibo, a Chinese social networking site by the famous leaker (a person who provides influential information on high-profile, unannounced products) ice universe, Samsung has received a request from Apple to provide a large number of foldable display samples for a potential future iPhone.
In addition to that, "an exclusive one-year supply of the volume," suggests that the next phase of samples, i.e., orders for the production version, is also nearing.
Last year, Samsung reportedly provided samples of its folding display to Apple and Google shortly after the launch of its Galaxy Fold (first generation) folding smartphone. According to Korean media outlet ETNews, the reason behind this was the company's desire to show off the new technology to both companies, which are potential customers, to lead to future supply agreements. With the launch of the successor Galaxy Z Fold2 already in the pipeline, Samsung seems to be aiming to position itself as a major supplier for folding screens as well as regular OLED panels.
It's no secret that Apple is keen on working on folding devices, even if they don't announce it publicly. It's also filed several patents, including one for technology that "heat" the display to make it easier to fold, and there were recent rumors that it was working on a Surface Duo-like prototype iPhone with two displays hinged together.
There were also analyst predictions that Apple has been "steadily working" on a folding product, with a folding iPad coming out as early as 2021. With the steady evolution of Samsung's folding reference device, the Galaxy Z Fold2, it may be time for Apple to release some products as well.
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