Forget iPhone 13: The iPhone Flip release date just leaked – Tom’s Guide

There’s been a lot of anticipation for Apple’s first foldable iPhone, which some are calling iPhone Flip. A new leak seemingly confirms that Apple will challenge the best foldable phones from Samsung and others. Just don’t expect one in 2021 along with the iPhone 13.

According to a report from Digitimes, Apple isn’t likely to step into the foldables market until 2022. But we do know some details about the foldable OLED displays Apple may use. 

The report from Digitimes suggests that Apple’s iPhone Flip will be a truly foldable phone, rather than dual-screen phone like the Surface Duo. The report also concludes that by muscling in on the foldable phone market, Apple is going to increase demand for flexible OLED displays.

While it has reportedly taken delivery of flexible displays made by Samsung, the release of a foldable iPhone will likely see other companies compete in an effort to earn Apple’s business with foldable displays of their own.

That, combined with Samsung’s recent promise to make foldables more accessible, could see the cost of flexible displays go down — and with it the overall cost of foldables. While we wait for an iPhone Flip or other foldable iPhone, Samsung, Motorola and others will be looking to expand the market for foldable phones in 2021. 

Samsung reportedly has at least two foldable phones planned for this coming year, including the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 2. But there’s also rumors that Samsung may release more affordable Lite versions of each device. 

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