A bendable iPhone may be coming in 2020.

According to a report Wednesday by The Bell, cited in Korean publication The Investor, the tech giant has allegedly started working on an iPhone with an LG-made foldable OLED panel.

Citing unnamed industry sources, The Bell report claims that LG recently created a task force to develop a foldable OLED screen for a future iPhone. LG’s sister firm LG Innotek has also set up a team dedicated to developing the rigid flexible printed circuit board.

LG’s flexible OLED production could kick off in 2020, meaning a foldable iPhone is at least three years away from launch. LG apparently completed its own foldable OLED panel prototype 2-3 years ago and has been upgrading the durability and the yield rate ever since.

Interestingly, Samsung said on the eve of last month’s iPhone X announcement that it hoped to release a bendable Galaxy Note next year but admitted there were still hurdles to overcome.

“As the head of the business, I can say our current goal is next year,” Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics, was quoted as telling reporters. “When we can overcome some problems for sure, we will launch the product.”

The report added that Apple is still considering investing in LG’s E6 OLED production plant in Paju, Gyeonggi Province to reduce its dependency on Samsung which is expected to remain Apple’s sole supplier of OLED panels for iPhone X and future models in 2017 and 2018.

Does a bendable smartphone make any sense to you?

Chime in with your thoughts in the comments!

  • Rowan09

    I really waiting to see a good reason for a foldable display on a phone.

    • Because we can?

      • Rowan09

        Lol.

      • Galaxy Life

        True

    • Galaxy Life

      I hate how just became a person cannot imagine use for something themselves they think there’s no need for it.

      I pretty damn sure that the guy who invented the cell phone never ever ever imagined none of the things we do with them today.

      • Rowan09

        Who said that? I asked for a practical reason and I got none. I owned a Sony Micro PC and it was useless because the keyboard was too small for a full computer which it was.

    • christodouluke

      A screen that doesn’t bend will break.

      • Rowan09

        Besides the screen being stronger I don’t see an other practical usage.

      • christodouluke

        Does there have to be any? They have potententially found a way to make less breakable screens and you need more practical reasons? You speak as though this is a technology not worth developing, what do you have against it?

      • Rowan09

        I have nothing against it just haven’t scene any practical reasons. Anything is breakable so I like to see the benefits that’s all.

    • :D

      Imagine a phablet that folds down to a comfortable size to carry / hold in one hand

      • Rowan09

        I understand but where would the folded parts go?

      • :D

        I imagine the device would be split into two parts with two sets of components that can work independently, so the folded half would just go behind the device when not being used. The device would be twice as thick when folded. With a screen that folds you wouldn’t have a line down the middle I’m guessing.

      • Rowan09

        I understand but I just don’t see the need for such a device or even see how it would be thin enough to make sense. I see what you’re saying but just waiting to see what design makes practical sense.

    • Eddie Jhay

      I’m assuming it would be the size of an iPhone when folded and when unfolded the size of an iPad mini… Like having two devices in one maybe..

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    What would be the applications of a foldable screen?

    • christodouluke

      Not breaking under pressure.

    • :D

      Larger screen yet more compact

  • jacjustjac

    Haha, it took them how many years to get OLED? Even if Samsung manages to get bendable OLED next year, what makes you think us Apple people would get it any time before 2023?

    • Rowan09

      It took Apple so long for many reasons and you see why with them totally depending on 1 company. I guess we’ll see what happens.

  • Iskren Donev

    There’s a lot of potential here. Image a phone-sized device which when unfolded becomes an iPad.

    • Rowan09

      Where would the folded pieces go when it’s the size of a phone? I would love to see a practical usage.

      • Iskren Donev

        I imagine that the device would fold as if you fold a sheet of paper in order to reduce its size to a quarter of the original.

        This will add some bulk to the device when folded so that’s a possible downside.

  • Galaxy Life

    “Interestingly, Samsung said on the eve of last month’s iPhone X announcement that it hoped to release a bendable Galaxy Note”

    Samsung has been talking about and showing a foldable phone for several years–not suddenly and not because of the iPhone X (which is also a Samsung design)

    • Rowan09

      iPhone X is a Samsung design how now?

      • Galaxy Life

        I replied to you but this site deleted the reply so here’s my second. Maybe they didn’t like the fact that I posted proof.

        Anyway. The notch design was patented by Samsung and awarded to them in May 2016–several months BEFORE the iPhone 7 design was official.

        They was awarded the patent in May which means they filled for it months before that and designed several months more.

        You can easily Google up the info but here’s an image from that patent which looks EXACTLY like what the iPhone X looks like.

        Apple purchased the displays from Samsung as we already know but it seems they also licensed the look as well. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aec34297f4361e33c7d27c52d5d37fae69b8a38299127fa7d211fb7fd2b6a884.png

      • Rowan09

        I’m sorry Samsung desiged the notch on phones and patent it? Where does it say Apple is paying Samsung as you imply? The reason there’s a notch is Apple being Apple and due to the camera assembly. There’s a notch of the S8 as well it’s just straight across like every other phone. If you’re saying Samsung made this design and patent it before the S8, why didn’t they use it?

      • Galaxy Life

        I just gave you the information, why can’t you Google it up? I showed you the image from the patent and it’s exactly what the iPhone X looks like. Everybody knows Apple is buying displays from Samsung but you’re questioning that??? Are you seriously disputing those facts?

        You said there’s a notch because Apple is just being Apple? lol, so being Apple means using another OEMs patented designs AND buying displays from that same company? Is that what you’re saying?

      • Rowan09

        You know if Apple was paying Samsung then you would also find that online right? You think you can make a general patent and charge anyone who use a similar design. I checked online and I saw the patent but this is not a patent infringement.

        I said Samsung makes the displays but you’re implying Apple is paying Samsung royalties for this drawing you saw online. Do you understand how patents work?

      • Galaxy Life

        The notch design is Samsung’s just live with it, it’s not that important.

      • Rowan09

        Lol. It’s not Samsung because just like Apple can’t patent a device in the generic shape of a smart phone today, Samsung can’t own the right to a patent with a camera bar up top. I’m arguing that you’re implying Samsung is getting paid. If this is not true all I’m saying is you’re wrong. The patent was for 2016 as you said and how long was Apple working on the iPhone X? According to Jony Ivy it took them 2 years.

    • Ok, just because someone fits your bathroom for you, it doesn’t mean they designed it too. This all Samsung are doing. Apple (and others) create technology, the design, the features, specs etc and then they hand the design sheet to whoever can reproduce their blueprints in the fastest, most yields and cheapest way possible.
      Samsung has been a component manufacture of Apple since the iPhone 2G. Not saying that some specific tech inside of an iPhone wasn’t designed and manufactured by Samsung alone and sold to Apple.
      And if you’re referring to the look of the iPhone X being similar to the latest galaxy phones, then aren’t 99% of smartphones an Apple design? Screen on the front, a few buttons on the side and a uncluttered back? lol

  • triggerhappypunk

    I like the idea of a flip phone!

  • Shinonuke

    Yay flip phone is making a cumback

  • smtp25

    Every time I see that phone I’m struck by how ugly it is.. I’ve the S8+ with the edge .. it looks so much better. its the screen frame/bezel ..edge to edge is so much more sophisticated.

  • Bacillus

    Too much hassle for Joni maintinaing his bezels/notches

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    That would be nice. When it is folded then it is an iPhone. Unfold it and it (almost) becomes an iPad (Pro?) 9” then you could connect the Apple Keyboard. I like the idea.

  • Bacillus

    You’re the only website that’s not showing a Samsung foldable design.
    Congrats