According to Bloomberg, Apple is developing its own foldable smartphone and has begun prototyping foldable screens. So far, development is at an early stage. Apple is still working only on display, not on the entire smartphone to which it will be connected.

Initial prototypes are similar to the foldable displays we’ve seen from Samsung, Motorola, and others. Bloomberg reports that Apple is considering creating foldable screens with “mostly invisible hinges” that could unfold to about the iPhone 12 Pro Max size. However, the company is discussing several screen sizes.

Apple has not publicly announced its interest in a foldable smartphone. Major competitors have an edge in developing foldable devices, as Samsung and Motorola have already released several generations of such smartphones. Samsung Galaxy Fold was released back in April 2019 (albeit with some significant issues).

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Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy Z Flip smartphones are displayed during the Samsung Unpacked product launch event in San Francisco, California, U.S. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Samsung is starting a new decade with a new chief in charge of its mobile business, but it’s doing it in the same old fashion: by leaning into its semiconductor advantage to overwhelm consumers with unmatched specs on its latest Galaxy devices. Photographer: Michael Short/Bloomberg

Bloomberg is also providing some clues about new Apple products coming in 2021. The iPhone lineup will see minor updates this year, although one major improvement is still likely. We’re talking about an under-display fingerprint scanner. The Cupertino-based company previously explored the possibility of introducing this feature. Now, when many are forced to wear masks and cannot fully use Face ID, it may become trendy. Apple is still testing the possibility of enabling this feature in smartphones in the 2021 lineup. The company also discussed the possibility of removing the Lightning port in “some” iPhone models in favor of wireless charging.

Source: The verge

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