Is Apple launching a foldable iPhone in 2020? LG’s plans suggest it could be possible

- Adrian Ungureanu
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Some interesting news have popped up from South Korea, where industry sources, cited by local mass-media, suggest that Apple has reportedly started working on a foldable iPhone with LG Display.

Supposedly, LG Display recently created a task force to develop a foldable OLED screen for the new iPhone model, while its parts-making sister firm LG Innotek has also setup a team dedicated to developing the rigid flexible printed circuit board, more widely called RFPCB, which is short for Rigid Flexible Plastic Circuit Board.

Citing unnamed industry sources, the report said, the panel production could start from 2020, which means Apple could delay its phone launch compared to Samsung’s first foldable phone that is likely to debut next year.

Apple usually starts a new phone project a year before launch, sharing key features, including the panel, with suppliers. LG reportedly completed its own foldable OLED panel prototype two to three years ago and has been upgrading the durability and the yield rate.

But take this with a big pinch of salt, because these sound more like mere speculation. With the notable exception of this year when Apple quickly adopted the edge-to-edge display design, the Cupertino-based company hasn’t rushed to go with the market flow. Just remember how long it took Apple the put wireless charging on their smartphone, or how long it took to get dual cameras and not to mention the long period of time Apple refused to launch smartphone with big screens.