The first foldable iPhone may surprise with an E Ink color screen

Foldables have been touted as the future of mobile technology, from downsizing tablets to smartphones and even downsizing smartphones themselves, retaining the screen size we’re used to. . In fact, that’s exactly what was launched, just look at the example of Samsung, with the Z-folding and Z-flipping.

Compared to Apple, we are also used to a lot of weighting and if it is true that the brand has arrived “late” in the market segments, it is also true that when it arrives it innovates and sets a trend, maybe that’s what will happen with the first foldable smartphone. And the rumors are promising.

The information is published by Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known analyst who has a good success rate compared to Apple. In a tweet, he wrote: “Color EPD [Electronic Paper Display] has the potential to become a mainstream solution for the mandatory cover/second display of foldable devices, thanks to its excellent energy savings.

Using an E Ink display can help Apple distinguish its foldables from existing ones like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold or Oppo Find N. Most foldables don’t have an external display or use a standard OLED panel .

The problem with the former is that you can’t use the device when folded, while the latter is more convenient but drains the battery. Using color E Ink, assuming it works as well as everyone expects, can provide some, if not most, of the functionality of an OLED panel while preserving the lifespan of drums.

In other words, yes, a foldable phone with an E Ink panel can solve some of the remaining problems in this segment. It could also be something that Apple tests, determines not viable, and rejects.

Rumors of the foldable iPhone have been circulating the web since 2016, when LG was mass-producing flexible smartphone screens for companies like Apple, although later rumors point to Samsung as the screen supplier. Either way, claims from trusted analysts and leakers have given credence to speculation that Apple might launch a foldable smartphone. The truth is, we still don’t know when, exactly.

Kuo said last year that although development of a foldable iPhone has yet to begin, Apple is experimenting with an 8-inch foldable device with a flexible OLED panel and a 9-inch foldable product. Kuo believes Apple will introduce the phone in 2025 at the earliest. There are also reports that Apple is “exploring” a 20-inch foldable iPad/MacBook hybrid, which could be the brand’s first foldable.

Then there’s the other elephant in the room: the E Ink color display. They exist… somewhere. TCL unveiled its NXTPAPER in 2020, claiming 65% better energy efficiency than a standard LCD. Later that year, TCL introduced the NXTPAPER 10s, a color E Ink tablet.

E Ink, the brand, recently announced its E Ink Gallery 3, a new E Ink color technology capable of displaying 50,000 different colors through a four-particle (cyan, magenta, yellow and white) ink system. The new display technology can be rolled up or folded.

Who knows, maybe the combination of these two emerging technologies – folding screens and color E Ink – could be a stroke of genius that solves the conundrum of smartphone battery life? But the truth is that neither does Apple have a (recent) habit of launching unproven technology on the market.

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