This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
There have been several rumors of a collapsible iPhone, but the new report says that it will arrive in 2022. After that, a new version of the iPad mini will no longer be developed."
The rumor is originated by The Verifier, an Israeli information site. The site has a track record of correctly predicting that all iOS 13-compatible devices will be supported in iOS 14.
According to this report, the foldable iPhone will be the first iPhone/iPad hybrid device. The 2021 iPhone 13 (tentative) will be the same size as the iPhone 12 series, and while the Pro models are expected to have improved camera quality and a variable refresh rate ProMotion screen with 120Hz support, there are not expected to be any astonishing innovations. The Verifier has prefaced those circumstances by suggesting that the foldable iPhone will be the surprise of 2022.
The Verifier's sources say that the basic model of the foldable iPhone will have 8GB of onboard RAM and 256GB of internal storage, starting at $1,499, and the new device will be announced by November 2022. There is a possibility that the development of the iPad mini will come to an end (no new models will be available) from the year when such a hybrid device with a large screen is released.
The one aspect of this rumor mill that seems to lack credibility is the price. Foldable smartphones, in general, tend to be expensive, and even the cheaper Samsung folding device, the Galaxy Z Flip, was priced at around 180,000 yen ($1,700) in Japan. It's hard to believe that an Apple-branded folding device costs $1,499, and it's hard to imagine it replacing the iPad mini series, which is in the $400-500 range. At the time of writing, it's probably best to keep it to "that's one theory".
Nevertheless, prior to this, there were rumors that Apple had asked Samsung to provide a large number of samples of the folding screen, and it was also hinted that the company was "expected to provide a limited number of screens for a year," i.e., preparing to develop a production version of the device as the next step in testing the samples.
In addition to the fact that Apple has filed several patents related to folding screens, some analysts are predicting that there will be a folding iPad as early as 2021. Whether or not it replaces the iPad mini, it doesn't seem unlikely that a foldable iPhone will appear in the not-too-distant future.
Source: The Verifier
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