Folding iPhone that bends like a retro flip phone unveiled in amazing fan-made video

DESIGNS for a folding iPhone that bends in half like a retro flip phone have been unveiled by an Apple super-fan.

The concept device, displayed in a clever fake video, is first shown in its palm-sized folded form, boasting a small touch display on the front.

A simple slide of the thumb causes the iPhone to automatically unfold like a clam shell, revealing a second, larger screen inside.

Produced by graphic designer Iskander Utebayev, the video was posted to Instagram on Wednesday.

It's based on a flurry of rumours that Apple is working on a folding iPhone which could hit shelves as early as September.

If the rumours are true, Apple would be following in the footsteps of rivals Samsung and Ericsson who have both released folding mobiles in recent months.

Iskander seems convinced Apple's next flagship iPhone, out later this year, will come with a foldable design.

Writing alongside his concept video, he said the mobile was his "vision of iPhone 12 Flip".

After fiddling around with the unfolded iPhone, the person in the video closes it again.

They're able to use Instagram on the phone's outer display, even when the gadget is folded.

Foldable phones are an increasingly popular smartphone design that puts a hinge mechanism behind the screen.

It allows the handset to have a large tablet-sized display, but fold down to smartphone size for regular use.

This means buyers can have big screens to watch media on, while still being able to pocket the gadgets easily.

Speaking to The Sun earlier this year, one tech analyst said they expected Apple to release a bendy mobile as early as September.

"Most, if not all, of Apple's rivals have released a foldable, flexible display," Paolo Pescatore, top analyst at PP Foresight, told us.

"Apple might unveil it this year or most likely next year."

But early foldable phones have been marred by bungles and delays.

Samsung was forced to cancel the launch of its Galaxy Fold handset last year, after early samples broke during the first few days of use.

Huawei also delayed its foldable Mate X launch to iron out design issues.

Apple hasn't made a peep about any foldable device plans, so take all rumours with a pinch of salt for now.

A brief timeline of the Samsung Galaxy Fold

Here's all the major things to happen in the controversial phone's history so far…

  • On May 12 2011, South Korea’s Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology annonced that some of its researchers had created a folding smartphone prototype
  • On May 2 2012, Samsung filed a patent application for its folding smart phone design
  • In May 2013, Samsung tried to patent its folding phone screen idea
  • In November 2013, Samsung announced that it would be bringing folding display devices to the market
  • In spring 2016, Samsung was finally working on what we now refer to as the Galaxy Fold
  • In October 2018, Samsung finally confirmed that its foldable phone was on the way
  • On February 20 2019, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy Fold with a staggering £1,900 price tag
  • On April 15 2019, Samsung started letting high profile technology journalists use the phone but by April 17 lots of them were already complaining about the screen breaking or not working
  • On April 22 2019, Samsung had to announce that it was postponing the Samsung Galaxy Fold's release so that it could address and fix ongoing issues with the folding screen
  • On September 6, 2019, Samsung started selling the Galaxy Fold in the UK

In other news, you can read more about Samsung's fleet of new phones here.

We've looked at how the Galaxy S20 lines up against its predecessors, the S10 and S9.

And here are the differences between the S20 and Apple's latest mobile, the iPhone 11.

Would you buy a folding iPhone? Let us know in the comments!

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