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Forget the iPhone 13, the iPhone Flip in this YouTube video is stunning

Published Sep 1st, 2021 7:32PM EDT
iPhone Flip
Image: ConceptsiPhone

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Sure, we know the iPhone 13 unveiling is right around the corner. And yeah, the iPhone 13 certainly looks like it’s going to be a compelling upgrade. But the reality is that the iPhone 13 isn’t going to be that much different from the iPhone 12. Sure, the iPhone 13 will be faster and have better camera technology than its predecessor. And yes, the notch on the iPhone 13 will thankfully be a bit smaller. But still, the iPhone 13 will be more of an evolutionary than revolutionary upgrade.

With that said, sometimes it’s fun to imagine what future iPhone models might look like down the road. And with rumors swirling that Apple has been prototyping foldable iPhone models, this concept video of an iPhone Flip is well worth sharing.

What an iPhone Flip might look like

The concept video was posted to the ConceptsiPhone YouTube channel earlier this week. The iPhone Flip concept looks a bit similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 design. And having used a Z Flip before, I enjoyed the user experience much more than I anticipated I would. Interestingly, the concept video shows an iPhone Flip with Face ID and Touch ID sensors built underneath the display. Notably, Apple is reportedly working on this type of Touch ID functionality, but it remains to be seen if the feature will ever see the light of day.

Now some of the features in the video below are a bit out there, with Air Charge being one such example. But hey, this is a concept video about futuristic technology, so we might as well keep an open mind and enjoy the ride.

The video can be seen below:

Is a foldable iPhone actually a possibility?

Believe it or not, the notion of a foldable iPhone isn’t all that outlandish. For starters, Samsung has demonstrated that there is a market, however small, for such devices. What’s more, we’ve seen several reports pointing to Apple’s research in the area. Further, Apple has filed patents with respect to foldable iPhone technologies.

If Apple ever releases an iPhone Flip, the reality is that it probably won’t look like the device in the video above. According to noted leaker Jon Prosser, Apple’s foldable iPhone design will boast “two separate display panels on a hinge” and “round, stainless steel edges” similar to iPhone 11 design.

“The memes are funny,” Prosser added in late 2020. “But it doesn’t look like they just stuck two phones together. Even though they’re two separate panels, when the displays are extended, it looks fairly continuous and seamless.”

More to the point, Apple’s rumored foldable iPhone would fold vertically as opposed to horizontally.

You might also recall a report from a year ago which claimed that Apple ordered several foldable display prototypes from Samsung. And while no Apple product is ever official until it’s announced on stage, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — who has a solid track record with respect to Apple rumors — believes we might see an iPhone Flip style device as early as 2023. The timeline seems ambitious to me, but I’d certainly love to be wrong.

Yoni Heisler Contributing Writer

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large with over 15 years of experience. A life long expert Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW.

When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.