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Apple is reportedly prototyping foldable iPhone screens

According to Bloomberg, Apple has started work on a foldable phone, and it’s begun prototyping foldable screens internally. A final device is likely still years away, the report says, and Apple is working on just the display for now — not the rest of the phone it would attach to.

The initial prototypes sound similar to the foldable screens we’ve seen used by SamsungMotorola, and others. Bloomberg says Apple is looking at making foldable screens with a “mostly invisible hinge” that could unfold to around the iPhone 12 Pro Max size. The report says that several screen size options are under discussion, however.

Apple hasn’t publicly indicated any interest in making a foldable phone, though it rarely signals its interest before entering a new product category. Major competitors have a head start on foldable devices, with Samsung and Motorola already releasing multiple folding phones. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold came out in April 2019 (albeit with some substantial issues).

On a more immediate note, Bloomberg has some updates on Apple products coming in 2021. This year’s iPhone 13 will likely have “minor upgrades,” but one more substantial improvement is still a possibility: an in-screen fingerprint sensor. Bloomberg already said back in 2019 that Apple was looking into the feature for as early as 2020. It’d be an obvious addition in 2021 since the wide adoption of face masks has seriously hindered the ability to use Face ID.

It’s not clear how likely in-display Touch ID is to ship in 2021 (Apple tends to have iPhone features locked well in advance of production), but Bloomberg says Apple is “still testing” the tech for inclusion this year.

On another note, Bloomberg also says that Apple has discussed removing the Lightning port in favor of wireless charging on “some” iPhone models. A portable iPhone 13 seems more than likely.

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p id=”JVN73K”>Apple’s long-rumored Tile competitor, AirTags, is finally planned to launch this year, Bloomberg reports, and the iPad Pro could be refreshed with a Mini LED display. A thinner entry-level iPad is reportedly in the works as well.

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