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Apple will abandon the iPad mini for the near future in favor of a new iPhone with a larger foldable display. The business is working on it now and has already patented many prototypes for it.
Thursday, November 12, 2020, 8:43 GMT
Smartphone rather than tablet:
The production and sales of the iPad mini could be limited by Apple. It will give way to another iPhone in the near future, according to the portal The Verifier, the likes of which have not been in the company’s lineup yet.
There could be an iPhone with a folding screen to replace the iPad mini. Apple will not make a breakthrough in this regard-the first serial smartphone with a flexible display was seen back in February 2019, and it was the Samsung Galaxy Fold first generation.
It’s not rational to replace an iPad mini with a mobile. The screen of the incoming cell phone would be equivalent to the camera of the most modern iPad mini from the fifth iteration of the March 2019 sample, 7.9 inches, when unfolded.
That is, because of the likelihood of folding and thinner frames along the matrix perimeter, Apple would be able to accommodate a show of roughly the same proportions into a more compact body.
Advantages and pitfalls
It could be helpful for end users to replace the iPad mini with a foldable iPhone. A two-in-one gadget-both a tablet computer and a smartphone-will be received. You don’t even have to unfold it constantly if the future gadget has an additional large screen to communicate with the computer, as is introduced in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 (the Galaxy Fold ‘s second generation).
On the other side, the customer would need to pay for both of them by buying two different machines in a single kit. A folding iPhone edition with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB drive would cost about $1,500 (114.3 thousand rubles at the Central Bank rate on November 12, 2020) in the United States at the start of sales, according to preliminary reports.
For eg, in the US, the standard version of the iPhone 12 Pro Max smartphone costs $1.099 (83.8 thousand rubles), and an iPad with 64 GB of memory and without LTE is expected to cost $399 (30.4 thousand rubles), giving roughly the same amount of $1500. In the United States, the aforementioned Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, minus rebates and discounts, is estimated at $2000 (152,4 thousand rubles).
Only around the corner, folding the iPhone
Apple does not elaborate on the continuing progress on the development of a foldable iPhone, although a variety of indirect confirmations are available. Back in February 2020, she invented a system with a folding body and a hinge mechanism on the fold, according to the Macrumors portal. A further patent emerged in June 2020, showing one of the concept choices for the potential gadget of the company.
Jon Prosser, another well-known insider, expects a foldable Apple gadget’s impending arrival. He wrote on his Twitter back in June 2020 that Apple already had a prototype of such a system, but explained that a commercial version could not be expected to appear until the second half of 2021.
Who’s going to have to rival Apple
Many well-known vendors have begun to launch foldable smartphones between 2019 and 2020. Samsung has three versions-the Galaxy Fold, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 successor, and the Galaxy Z Flip clamshell.
Even with its Surface Duo Android mobile, announced in fall 2019, but only launched a year later, Microsoft has attempted to capture some of the new market.
However, instead of one flexible display, this mobile phone has two conventional ones, plus it itself has a whole bunch of hardware problems and so far cannot boast of high sales.