Apple’s first folding screen iPhone exposed! Achieve two-way folding. 

According to the Korean media Business Korea, sources said that Apple is developing two folding mobile phones, one for the left and right open cover, the other for the upper and lower cover, it is expected that Apple’s first folding machine will come out in 2023. APPLE HOLDS HANDS WITH LG, POWER FOLDABLE FIELD According to reports, Apple is currently developing foldable panels with LG Display. The folding panel will use etching technology to reduce the thickness of the folding display panel, and the screen size maybe 7.5 inches. Apple’s foldable phones may be the first to adopt this new type of panel.

On September 7, LG Chem said it had developed a new material for foldable displays that was as hard as glass but could be bent in both directions without crease problems. 

According to the Korea Herald, LG Chem describes its new development as a “real folding window.” It is said that the new material can be used for folding screens of smartphones and screens of other portable devices, including notebooks and tablets.

The new material is prepared from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and coated with a micron-grade thin coating material developed by LG Chem, which is as hard as glass, but thinner than the existing folding mobile phone screen substrate, the polyimide film. At the same time, the new material is capable of withstanding hundreds of thousands of folds under pressure and minimises creases with polyimide films. What is more prominent is that this new material can achieve two-way folding, and most foldable screen devices can only fold inwards.

Notably, LG Chem aims to mass-produce the new materials mentioned above by 2023 and will seek to supply a new generation of display materials to smartphone manufacturers worldwide. In terms of time, it coincides with the expected mass production time of Apple’s first folding machine.

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Tianfeng International analyst Guo Mingji has estimated that the shipment of folding iPhones in 2023 will be between 15 million and 20 million units.  Guo Mingxi said that the folding mobile phone market has become a new battlefield for major mobile phone brands, and is expected to further drive the replacement cycle of the high-end mobile phone market, predicting shipments of about 7. 5 million and 17 million units in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

At present, the folding screen mobile phones on the market can be divided into two types: the inner folding represented by the Samsung GalaxyFold series, the Huawei MateX series and the outer folding represented by the Royole Flex. In addition, Apple, Honor, Xiaomi, OPPO, Vivo and other mobile phone manufacturers in the field of foldable mobile phones are also constantly moving.2021 will become a very intensive year for the listing of folding screen mobile phones. Ross Young, founder and chief analyst of Display Search and DSCC, has said that in the second half of 2021, there may be several foldable smartphones on the market, including at least three from Samsung, four from OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi, and one from Google. 

On August 27, Samsung Electronics said that its two new folding screen machines, the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3, were officially launched in about 40 countries around the world on the same day.  Due to the hot sales of the above two new machines after listing, Samsung decided to expand production by 50% to seize market opportunities.

According to market research firm DSCC, Samsung Electronics' share of the market was 87 percent last year, and it's unlikely to fall below 75 percent even after Apple's first folding smartphone goes public.  An industry source said: "With Samsung Electronics and Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiaomi releasing such products, Apple will not be able to lead the folding smartphone market for some time.

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