The original folding iPhone might not be ready for two more years, but we might be lucky enough to get a glimpse of what it might look like, at least in an updated form. A YouTube channel from China has turned the iPhone X into a sticky clamshell device, and the product is dubbed the “iPhone V.”
- The first foldable iPhone prototype assembled by a third party in China.
- The prototype is a modified iPhone X with Motorola Razr parts.
- Apple’s iPhone Fold isn’t expected until 2025.
iPhones are known to have the lowest hardware specifications among premium smartphones in the market. As another YouTuber did, even changing the Lightning port took painstaking steps before it was fully functional. So much so when they try to change the entire device and its operating system, similar to what this Chinese duo has amazingly achieved.
Building the first foldable iPhone
The video shows how the iPhone X was taken apart to get its components out of it and then assembled into a new foldable construction using Motorola’s Razer chassis. Crucially, they used the iPhone X’s OLED display, but it took them more than ten times to correctly segment the required foldable screen.
In addition to the hardware changes, the team also modified the iOS to run in clamshell form. What’s more, the iPhone V has a few software features to complement its design, such as a split screen and flex mode when taking photos using its selfie camera.
Building the first foldable iPhone is a ridiculously difficult and expensive project. According to the channel, more than $10,000 was spent on the materials alone, which does not include labor. It took them about a year to complete the prototype.
When will the iPhone Fold launch?
About the official Apple iPhone “Fold”, the Cupertino company in 2010. It is not expected to introduce the foldable handset in 2025. If reliable sources and reports are to be believed, the iPad “fold” should arrive in 2024.
What are your thoughts on this iPhone V prototype? Do you think Apple will offer the first clamshell iPhone?