A few days ago we saw a bunch of renders showing off various versions of foldable iPhones in patents. Those inspired a few renders and concepts, but not hugely convincing ones. A new render appears today, clearly inspired by the Galaxy Fold. Meet the iPhone X Fold below.
The device has some elegance about it and very discrete hinge. It’s well disguised and from what I can see the screen seemed layered on a flexible skeleton. From what I can see the device is all screen, tow two screens inside and at least one outside, maybe even two, for a total of 4 screens. When totally opened the hinge becomes invisible and there’s no seam or crease.
The way the device looks when folded reminds me of an older Nokia Communicator, or a smaller Sony Vaio. If this device really happens, that should go down in 2020, according to insiders. The iPhone X Fold has a 1:3 aspect ratio for the external screen, while the inner screen has a 2:3 aspect. Just for the sake of accuracy, this concept was designed by Roy Gilsing for Foldable.News.
The landscape view of the device triggers a very convincing virtual keyboard and there’s that Sony Vaio comparison again… It feels like a mini notebook with a hole cutout for the camera. We don’t have a diagonal size here, but I’m guessing 7 inches is the way to for the unfolded machine.
Today is all about Samsung and its foldable phone, plus the Galaxy S10, but we still find time for some love for Apple. Letsgodigital.org came up with a render for the future foldable iPhone, taking the clamshell route.
The renders follow the recently leaked patents for the device, that proposed a variety of formats. We see the device looking like some proto Moto RAZR 2019, with minimal edges and thickness. The foldable Apple phone is going to debut in 2020, according to the latest leaks and speculations. The main problem I have with this design is that it feels and looks very fragile.
It feels like it’s a broken phone and wouldn’t flex without hurting components. It’s either using an incredibly flexible screen and parts, or it’s just wishful thinking. The source of the design, Letsgodigital claims that the device can be folded in and out. One reason for the way this device looks is the simplicity of the Apple patents, shown as basic outlines, something they’ve always done.
The reason for having a vertical and elongated phone is that you can easily operate it with a single hand. It’s actually surprising that the phone can bend in two directions.. Folding it in makes it a square and it you bend it backwards it enters a stand position. The cameras are positioned at the top part of the case and in this case we see a single front camera upfront and dual camera at the back.
The handset has very narrow bezels, at the top, bottom and sides. I feel that the UI would also have to be changed to fit the new design approach. We need some new materials before this can happen.
I for one am sick and tired of folks who defend Apple! You are the consumer, you run the show and YOU are the problem. Want to control Apple? Do not buy their products. Everything they do is NOT for you, but simply to make an obscene profit on some very good products.
However they do overcharge for everything. They deny issues or minimalize them when caught red handed. They have been caught more than once denying a problem only for us to find out later, through court subpoenaed documents, remember “bendgate” or “AntennaGate” or “Batterygate” or most recently “Chargegate”?
You want to put Apple in check? Simply quit buying their products! Keep the ones you currently have and do not support these greedy bastards!
While the world goes absolutely nuts over the latest iPhone there are still a few of us who actually still have a brain and just won’t shill for the folks over at Apple or Google or Microsoft. Those of us who have maintained their sanity and not become a fruit powered zombie, nor a Star Wars line-stander, nor one of the mindless minions awaiting the latest X-Box/PS-4 release of some sort of game, that although entertaining, is a complete waste of time, find this entire product release stuff to be mildly amusing at best.
We are the few, the proud, the “geeks who live a year, (or ten), behind”. In some cases we exist in the remote technological past, for a variety of reasons, but mostly for the same reasons that people drive older cars…because they still run and they get the job done.
Take for example a smartphone as they are actually something that anyone reading this site probably has and we all think we need the latest and greatest and biggest phone out there. But lets just take a minute and look at what we really need.
The following is a list of what I consider absolute modern smartphone essentials:
The phone can make and receive calls.
A weather app such as Radar Now that shows radr, alerts and a forecast. No videos, no “weather stories”, no non-essentials.
Google Now/Siri, because it makes looking stuff up super fast and allows the non-techies to call their spouse or boss easily when they are simply to inept to dial a number themselves.
A text app, so you can tell the aforementioned spouse/boss that you are running late.
A decent browser such as Chrome that saves all those passwords that you forget about 5 minutes after you set them.
A screen large enough that you can easily read the text of what you just looked up on Google and no that doesn’t mean you need a screen that is larger than the info screen on a modern car. 5 inches should be super adequate even for the blind among us.
A decent camera so you can take pics when needed, because let’s face it, you never know when aliens will land in your front yard.
That’s it, list done. If you think you “need” more, go ahead and stand in line and get the latest Galaxy, iPhone, Z999 and enjoy. But the truth is, mankind got by without Facebook and FlipBoard, and all the other crap currently occupying our phones and tablets, for roughly the last 2 million years.
Moving on to tablets… the same list as above applies except for size. Depending on what you use one for, a 7-10 inch tablet will get the job done for most of us. If you need a larger screen then consider getting a laptop or desktop. Both the laptop and desktop are far more suited to real applications such as Word, Excel and any other business type software.
Of course it is great to have the latest hardware, but you can make do with a dinosaur for the most part. I write 90% of my articles on a Linux box I built in 2000 running an AMD Duron, 1-ghz processor with 1.25gb ram.
I run this website off of an Asus Memo Pad HD7 because it is actually faster, by far, than the old Linux box. It is not top of the line, not even close, but it gets the job done. As I edit this post I am watching a movie on the same tablet that is running the server.
Perhaps I am just old tech oriented, perhaps I am just a cheapskate but either way, my old stuff gets the job done and the rest of the world is welcome to wait in line for a larger phone. On a final note here I admit that I rarely, if ever, answer the phone on the first ring and sometimes I don’t read my text messages for hours. You see, dogs can be trained to react to a bell, but humans who react in a similar manner must be considered none-too-bright, the same applies to those in line for the latest PT Barnum inspired iPhone.