The smartphone is already being tested in production
More details continue to emerge about the progress of the development of the first iPhone with a foldable screen. A Chinese source confirms that Apple has begun shipping foldable iPhones to assembly partner Foxconn for testing. This morning we had incomplete information on this matter.
Citing sources in the supply chain, the Economic Daily News reports that testing should help determine the use of OLED or Micro-LED displays, as the choice of screen technology could affect subsequent assembly methods.
It is also reported that Apple has instructed Foxconn to test the device, or rather its flexible screen and hinge, for durability using more than 100,000 open and close tests. The source adds that similar tests for conventional laptops require 20,000 to 30,000 open and close.
Earlier it was reported that Apple is working on a foldable iPhone prototype that has two separate displays. When unfolded, they are closely adjacent to each other without gaps and frames. However, what will be the bending iPhone in the end, no one can yet say for sure.
The first rumors that Apple was working on a foldable iPhone appeared back in 2016, so Apple may well have made significant progress. And since the company is usually in no rush and the fact that flexible smartphones have been on the market for over a year, it is likely that the foldable iPhone will arrive in 2021 or 2022.