Within the next few years, we could finally get a foldable iPhone. A new report from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple is developing an 8-inch foldable iPhone that could launch in 2023. The investment note, which was reported on by MacRumors, says that the device will likely have a QHD+ flexible OLED display. The report also mentions that the device will use a new “silver nanowire” touch technology that would allow it to support multiple folds, as well as ensure better durability than current foldable devices.
Of course, it’s not all that surprising that Apple is probably working on a foldable device. Apple, like other tech companies, routinely works on all kinds of different products, but that doesn’t mean we’ll ever see a foldable iPhone. And if we do, that doesn’t mean it will launch in 2023. It’s speculated that foldable phones are likely to lead the next big wave of smartphones, and if that turns out to be true, it’s likely we’ll see a foldable iPhone at some point. All of that, however, remains to be seen.
Perhaps more interesting than the foldable iPhone itself is how it could impact the rest of Apple’s lineup. Apple already has a device that’s around 8-inches — the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini has long been the go-to device for people who want an iPad that isn’t as big as the rest of the lineup. It’s possible that a foldable iPhone could spell the beginning of the end of the iPad Mini, and smaller-size iPads in general, though we’ll have to wait and see how the iPad lineup evolves given the availability of larger-screen iPhones.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumors of a foldable iPhone, and it probably won’t be the last. Late last year, a report from Digitimes noted that Apple could be planning a foldable iPhone for 2022, while Kuo has mentioned in the past that the company could be prepping a device for 2023. Of course, Kuo has also mentioned that production for the foldable iPhone has “not yet officially kicked off,” meaning that Apple is still in the development phase of launching the device. If Apple does end up entering production, it would be a much more concrete indication that the company is launching a foldable iPhone over the next year or so.
As for other Apple products, Apple Watch may in the future be able to monitor the wearers’ blood pressure, apart from glucose and alcohol levels, as per a report. The Cupertino-based company has reportedly struck a deal with a British electronics startup that designs sensors for monitoring blood using infrared light. The timeline for the launch of the speculated new Apple Watch model is not known yet. To recall, Apple was recently reported to be working on a new rugged variant as well. People familiar with the development had suggested that this second model will be aimed at athletes and extreme sports enthusiasts.
As per a report via The Indian Express, a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing for the startup called Rockley Photonics revealed that Apple is one of its few large customers. It is possible that the glucose and alcohol level monitoring may be launched in the future Apple Watch model. The startup reportedly stated the two largest customers accounted for 100 percent of the firm’s revenue in 2020, and 99.6 percent in 2019.
Rockley Photonics designs sensors for monitoring health and wellness, which are said to include applications such as blood measurements using infrared light. These sensors are claimed to be capable of monitoring blood pressure, as well as glucose and alcohol levels.
The report also cited Rockley Photonics CEO Andrew Rickman who says that the technology developed by the company will be in consumer products by 2022. He, however, did not say whether the technology will be available on Apple products. Apple Watch currently includes a sensor for measuring heart rate. Apple is also said to be working on a new rugged variant called the Explorer Edition – which could be added to the existing models later this year or latest by 2022.