Soumya Prakash Pradhan

In today's era, many smartphone companies are transforming their devices in various styles, from flip to foldable smartphones.

In this competition, Apple is actively involved.

According to a report from The Information, Apple is working on two foldable iPhones and a folding iPad.

The report indicates that Apple aims to create a foldable iPhone with an external screen.

However, engineers are facing challenges because this design can be prone to breakage.

The company's goal is to make the foldable phone as thin as current iPhone models, but issues with the battery and display are contributing to its thickness.

Apple has also been in discussions with at least one part maker in Asia to obtain components for different-sized foldable iPhones, suggesting that they are exploring multiple foldable device options.

Additionally, there are rumours of a folding iPad being developed, potentially with a similar size to the iPad mini but featuring an 8-inch display, as per the report.

Apple engineers are focused on minimising the crease that typically appears at the centre of foldable phones.

They are also working on a hinge mechanism to ensure the device can lay flat when unfolded.

Even as competitors like Samsung already offering foldable smartphones, Apple is yet to release an iPhone with such feature.

Foldable phones remain a niche product category, but analysts predict that Apple may eventually introduce a foldable device, likely not in the form of an iPhone.

Two years ago, CCS Insight predicted that Apple would unveil an iPad with a folding screen by 2024.