The iPhone Flip may not be shipping any time soon, but this promising category is evolving. Just this month, Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, the latest versions of its foldable phones. That gives Samsung a formidable lead over Apple in the race to build the best foldable phone.
The iPhone Flip isn’t in Apple’s immediate plans — but plans have a way of changing over time. While you’re probably not going to see a foldable iPhone this fall alongside the debut of the iPhone 13, Apple is undoubtedly interested in challenging foldable phones from Samsung and others with a device of its own. And we’ve seen the patents to prove it.
We’ve compiled the latest reports and concepts in this iPhone Flip guide. Over time, we hope to gain a clearer picture of what is sure to be the most revolutionary iPhone yet when it finally does see the light of day.
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Then again, Apple doesn’t mind arriving with a product after its rivals so long as it can deliver something better. And the Apple foldable phone patents, along with concept drawings from independent designers, suggest that Apple can really make its mark with the iPhone Flip.
Furthermore, a recent report from Business Korea has suggested that the iPhone Flip could arrive in 2023, with Apple working on a pair of foldable phone designs. Whether that means there’s a pair of designs that Cupertino will pick from, or if it means Apple is working on two foldable phones, remains to be seen.
A separate report from Digitimes suggested that the iPhone Flip could arrive a year earlier in 2022, but Apple leaker Jon Prosser claimed that 2022 was too optimistic, and that the iPhone Flip won’t be arriving until much later. Likewise, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman claims a foldable iPhone is some two to three years away. So it’s looking likely that while Samsung pushes forwards with is foldable phones plans, Apple will be a lot slower and likely more cautious.