A Chinese report states that Manzana has done that Foxconn and other suppliers make samples of iPhones folding since these devices could be launched from 2022.
Foldable iPhones enter the testing stage
They have been asked to Foxconn Y Nippon Nippon to send samples so that Manzana You can see how more than 100,000 folding operations of this new screen withstand.
The report appears in today’s issue of Economic Daily.
Apple Requires Taiwan Supply Chain to Submit Samples for Testing, Including Hon Hai [Foxconn] and Nippon Nippon, which are trusted partners Apple for its first foldable iPhone.
According to reports Manzana is testing both the display and the hinges, and the latter are required to continue to function for more than 100,000 operations.
According to the supply chain, Apple is testing key components such as the display and hinges of the folding device so that the first folding iPhone is available as soon as possible. Samsung will continue to provide the panel for the display […] Foxconn is expected to handle assembly […]
In the past, the number of folding tests for laptop hinges ranged from 20,000 to 30,000, with those with the best specs reaching 50,000. However, the test for mobile phones requires more than 100,000 and the specifications are more stringent. Overall, the first foldable iPhone is expected to use hinges [de] Taiwanese manufacturers like Nippon Nippon, which has cooperated heavily with Apple in the laptop business in the past […]
Nippon Nippon once pointed out that, compared to notebook bearings, folded bearings must withstand more curves, so reliability is very important. Whether due to material, performance or design issues, they are much taller than laptop bearings.
The strictest requirements for a foldable iPhone they would make sense, as the device is likely to be deployed many more times a day than a MacBook.
The report suggests that Manzana has not yet decided whether the first foldable iPhones they will have OLED or microLED displays.
Not to be confused with miniLED backlighting; microLED is a next-generation display technology that offers even higher levels of brightness, color saturation, and energy efficiency.
It is said that Apple came to create its own ‘secret manufacturing facility‘for microLED displays.
It has been reported for a long time that Apple is working in a foldable iPhone with several registered patents for this type of device.
The first competitor launches demonstrated the importance of ensuring technology is ready for use in real life . The launch Samsung’s Galaxy Fold it was a disaster; Microsoft Surface Duo failed during a launch demo and the Motorola Razr died during the robot test of the crease.
It wouldn’t be surprising, then, to learn that Apple is being extremely thorough when testing possible designs.
We have seen a number of conceptual images for a foldable iPhone, with two main routes:
- The first is a conventional-sized iPhone that folds out into a device that is closer in size to an iPad.
- The other is a modern version of the flip phone, where a standard-size iPhone sits folds down to a super compact form factor. Both above concept images are from EverythingApplePro.
A patent for Manzana described an approach that involved two completely separate screens, while another describes a single folding screen with self-healing properties to automatically repair the type of damage that was seen in Samsung’s attempt.