It’s got to that stage of the year where we’ve stopped talking about the last iPhone and begun speculating about the next one.
However, if we look further down the line, there’s a potential release so eye-catching it got us checking our calendars to see if it’s 1 April (spoiler: it’s not).
That’s right, a foldable iPhone.
As reported by FastCompany, Apple filed a patent for a foldable phone back in November 2017, just a few days after the release of the iPhone X.
It had been reportedly a topic of discussion for more than a year before that, at least, but this is not ‘foldable’ in the same way as the burner phones of the early 2000s which were brought back to life by Breaking Bad.
“The patent application describes an “electronic device” with a display that can folder in both directions, so you can have the display fold in on itself, or fold the device in a way so the front and back has a display,” FastCompany explains.
Citing comments from Wamsi Mohan, an analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CNBC noted last week that the foldable device would likely emerge no sooner than 2020.
“Our checks also suggest that Apple is working with suppliers on a foldable phone (that potentially could double up as a tablet) for launch in 2020,” Mohan’s report reads.
That feels like an awfully long way away. In the meantime I guess we’ll just have to make do with our excitement around the leaked ‘iPhone X SE’. Well, that and all the other rumours we’re bound to see in the next couple of years.