The first rumors that Apple is developing a foldable iPhone cropped up in late 2017. More recent reports suggest that the device will finally be ready for market next year, but a new report from analytic firm EqualOcean pushes that back to 2023.
Schematics from an Apple patent on foldable phone design
Interestingly, the report also claims that the foldable iPhone will support a stylus. It’s not clear if that means the current Apple Pencil that is used by select iPads (and that iPhones are occasionally rumored to support) or if it will be a new design.
When unfolded, the screen will measure between 7.3 and 7.6 inches. That will be with a very tall aspect ratio as the foldable iPhone is said to have a clamshell form factor – a vertical folder like the Galaxy Z Flip (which has a 6.7” 22:9 screen).
There has been no official confirmation from Apple that it is indeed developing a folding phone. The company prefers to work in secret and is also allegedly involved in building AR goggles and a self-driving car.