OPINION: According to the latest leaks, Apple is supporting the kickstand and developing the iPhone Fold, which is the last thing we need.
The folding market has really grown dramatically over the past couple of years. We started off solidly with the Motorola Razr in 2019, which is truly a clamshell renaissance.
Despite a few glitches and some odd design decisions, such as the annoying crease on the Samsung Galaxy Fold panel or the fact that the Razr’s display doesn’t line up with the hinge, it was all good fun and everyone had to endure the 2000s without the horror of dial-up.
But the folding trend didn’t end, it continued and culminated in the release of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 as well as the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The company said it shipped four times as many foldable phones in 2021 as it did in 2020. with these two foldable elements responsible for success.
And since then, this niche idea has become the latest trend, although I’ve never seen folding in the wild. Asus confirmed the Honor Magic V at CES 2022 and Motorola is now considering new form factors for its latest phones.
So it was only a matter of time before Apple wanted to take part in this event, as the company’s lack of this trend actually pushed some people away from buying foldable devices, as it was reported that Apple would not even touch on the idea until all issues with category screens have been completely smoothed out.
And new leaks still suggest the company has reservations about the iPhone Fold idea, even if it is currently working on multiple prototypes.
This is my problem with folding panels in general; Even with big companies like Samsung, Motorola and now Apple working on new forms, it seems like there will always be problems. The screen will never be as durable as a brick phone, and I personally would never be interested in a phone that takes up even more space in my pockets or my hand.
Seeing Apple already making time for a fairly new concept is a bit annoying in and of itself, as it only recently brought the Mini back with the iPhone 12 Mini, which effectively addresses the need for people looking for more compact phones that are still packaged. a lot of power.
As for me, I’d rather see companies – in particular, in this case Apple – move away from foldable devices, at least until major design flaws are addressed, mainly due to the fact that you add a serious vulnerability to a product that already exceeds £ 1000.
The last thing I want to see from Apple is a phone that costs even more, especially since replacing screens on foldable devices is a hefty cost in and of itself, with an internal screen replacement for the Z Fold 3 costing over £ 400.
In my opinion, I will always prefer a more durable and sturdy phone that can be held in one hand, rather than a glass book, which seemingly could break at any moment.
The folding trend is interesting and definitely a throwback to childhood, but since I’m still waiting to see the Z Flip 3 actually in action in the real world, I can’t believe many people would be more excited about the iPhone Fold 14 than the iPhone. 14 Mini.