Toronto-Ontario based designer Iskander Utebayev took it upon himself to imagine what a clamshell-folding iPhone might function. His vision for a foldable iPhone may have taken certain cues from recent clamshell devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola’s resurrected Razr, but it’s on a whole new level of intuitiveness.

The following video mockup was posted to Iskander’s Instagram about ten days ago.

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My vision of iPhone 12 Flip?

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Now, we know from patent filings that Apple has entertained the idea of a folding iPhone, but there’s no telling whether or not such an idea might ever see the light of day. Apple’s go-to market strategy also differs from that of many of its rivals, namely Samsung.

Instead of being first, Apple prefers to employ waiting tactics until a certain market segment has matured. That being said, Apple fans, financial institutions like Bank of Americasuppliers like LG and even rivals like Samsung believe a folding iPhone is a question of “when”, not “if”.

From Apple’s patent grant: a folding iPhone may bend along a center line that splits the device into two screen halves

In February 2020, a new Apple patent filing for a flexible display was published by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The filing outlined, in broad strokes, a clamshell-folding iPhone devices similar to the Galaxy Z Flip and Motorola Razr that would sport a hinge mechanism and ensure there’s adequate space between the folding portions of the display to prevent issues.

The video showed earlier in this post isn’t the only conceptual design for a future iPhone that Iskander came up with. Last November, for example, he posted a cool video on his Twitter showing off his ideas for an “iPhone Slide Pro” that you can watch right ahead.

So, how do you like Iskander’s clamshell-folding iPhone vision?

I think it’s quite sophisticated in terms of breadth and scope. This is probably the most accomplished conceptual design for a folding iPhone that I’ve seen thus far.


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