According to the available evidence, Apple's first clamshell phone will not hit the market until 2023, and it seems that we will have to wait until 2024 to see it.
News at a Glance
- Apple probably won't be producing any clamshells by 2024.
- Mingchi Ko had previously said the first clamshell phone Apple will hit the market in 2023, but has not spoken about it since.
- If Apple can not produce a clamshell phone sooner than this, it will certainly face difficulties in competing with Samsung.
Apple is usually in no hurry to use attractive technologies in its handsets. But sometimes this lack of haste is so great that we can say that it loses its special feeling. For example, 5G Internet, 120Hz refresh rate, changes to the iOS operating system, such as the addition of the Library app, and the like were added to iPhones at a time when they were sometimes seen on rival phones several years ago. Now imagine an American company using a new technology such as a foldable display in its handsets. Naturally, this will not happen unless Apple makes sure that if it launches a product with a foldable display, it can certainly make a good profit from selling it. Usually in such innovations, Apple imitates other companies, but in tasks such as removing the headphone jack and charger from the box, Apple is faster than others.
However, as we expected, the company is not going to The United States will not launch any clamshell products until 2023. Of course, it is said that the probability of this happening in 2023 is low and we should see the unveiling of the clamshell iPhone in 2024. This is the claim of one of the most famous tech analysts, Ross Young, who after a long time, the news of the clamshell iPhone made headlines again.
- Apple filed a new patent for the flexible clamshell iPhone >
We haven't heard from Apple about the clamshell or the clamshell display in general for a long time, but it looks like Apple is working on at least one prototype, though it has no plans to unveil it now. In September 2020, it was announced that Samsung was going to send several examples of clamshell displays to Apple so that the company could review them. On the other hand, there were rumors that the American company is also working with LG to achieve this goal.
In May, Mingchi Ko said that Apple wants a clamshell phone in 2023. An 8-inch OLED clamshell display will hit the market, but since then he has never talked about Apple plans in this area until we almost come to the conclusion that there may not be any such Apple-branded products until 2023. Because if you remember, earlier this year the Bloomberg website announced that Apple had begun the initial work of making the clamshell iPhone, but it seems that this initial work never went beyond just the display.
All this was while Mingchi Ko predicted that clamshell phones would become a "must" for all companies in the future, and all of them must have representatives with this capability in the market. Samsung, for example, officially started its work in this field in 2019, and this summer, with Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3, it strengthened its resume in the production of clamshell phones.
Of course, at the very beginning, Galaxy Fold was introduced as Samsung's first clamshell phone, we saw that it had many problems. But now, after almost two years, Samsung has become so professional in this field that it has been able to solve all the big and small problems and move forward unrivaled in the clamshell phone market. Even if Apple unveils a clamshell at its best in 2023, it will have to compete with Samsung, which has years of experience in clamshell manufacturing and has dominated the market. However, it is even said that the American company may not start the process of producing clamshell phones until 2024.
Source: MacRumorsTags: apple's, first, clamshell, phone, may, released, 2024