A STUNNING 3D concept depicting an unreleased "foldable" 5G iPhone model has been mocked up by Apple fans.
Apple is tipped to launch a folding iPhone in 2021 – but hasn't confirmed any such plans.
However, Apple is under increasing pressure to keep giving fans a reason to upgrade.
One way rivals have tried to do this is with foldable phones.
Top brands like Samsung, Huawei and Motorola have already offered these hinged gadgets.
The idea is that you can have a tablet-sized screen that folds down into a smartphone-sized device that remains pocketable.
Now gadget fans at YouTube channel iOSBetaNews have created an "5G iPhone Flip" concept.
It's purely a fan creation, and doesn't reflect any official Apple designs.
However, it could be a good indication of what an actual foldable Apple iPhone might look like.
The "5G" handset is very tall, and has a triple-camera on the back – plus what may be a LiDAR scanner for depth-sensing.
But the notable change is a large hinge across the middle of the device.
This lets the handset flip down, effectively halving its overall size.
And on the bottom half of the back of the phone is a display.
This screen shows the stuff you'd normally see when "waking" your iPhone – like the time, notifications and more.
From the front, the device looks just like a typical iPhone.
iPhone screen sizes revealed
How iPhone screens have changed over the years…
- iPhone (2007) – 3.5 inches
- iPhone 3G (2008) – 3.5 inches
- iPhone 3GS (2009) – 3.5 inches
- iPhone 4 (2010) – 3.5 inches
- iPhone 4S (2011) – 3.5 inches
- iPhone 5 (2012) – 4 inches
- iPhone 5S (2013) – 4 inches
- iPhone 5C (2013) – 4 inches
- iPhone 6 (2014) – 4.7 inches
- iPhone 6+ (2014) – 5.5 inches
- iPhone 6S (2015) – 4.7 inches
- iPhone 6S+ (2015) – 5.5 inches
- iPhone SE (2016) – 4 inches
- iPhone 7 (2016) – 4.7 inches
- iPhone 7+ (2016) – 5.5 inches
- iPhone 8 (2017) – 4.7 inches
- iPhone 8+ (2017) – 5.5 inches
- iPhone X (2017) – 5.8 inches
- iPhone XS (2018) – 5.8 inches
- iPhone XR (2018) – 6.1 inches
- iPhone XS Max (2018) – 6.5 inches
- iPhone 11 (2019) – 6.1 inches
- iPhone 11 Pro (2019) – 5.8 inches
- iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019) – 6.5 inches
Foldable phones have seen a surge in popularity in recent months.
Unlike the flip-phones of the noughties, foldable mobiles have fronts filled entirely with display – rather than a keyboard.
Smartphone screen sizes have ballooned in recent years, but this comes at a cost.
For instance, Apple's 6.5-inch iPhone 11 Pro Max is simply too big for some users.
But by making a phone "foldable", it's possible to offer even larger displays without making phones too big to carry around.
The bad news is that it's very difficult to make foldable phones – at least for now.
Samsung's original Galaxy Fold was mired with issues and delays.
Early review units sent to tech critics broke after just a few days, forcing the phone's launch last year to be cancelled.
If Apple does launch a foldable phone, it will likely want to wait for the screen technology to be mature enough to not break soon after purchase.
In any case, Apple hasn't revealed any plans to launch a foldable phone – so take all rumours and leaks with due caution for now.
However, we're expecting Apple to launch several 5G iPhone models later this year, which should keep fans entertained.
In other news, Apple will host its annual WWDC event virtually for the first time ever – on June 22.
The tech giant appears to be working on a new feature that lets you edit your texts after you've sent them.
And, a clever iPhone trick lets you find any photo in your camera album in seconds.
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