First Folding IPhone Doesn’t Come From Apple

An iPhone sits in a users hand open to the YouTube app. What is unusual is that the iPhone is bent in an L shape and is still functioning properly.

Folding phones are all the rage these days, with many of the major smartphone manufacturer’s having something in this form factor. Apple has been conspicuously absent in this market segment, so [KJMX] decided to take matters into their own hands with the “iPhone V.” (YouTube – Chinese w/subtitles via MacRumors).

Instead of trying to interface an existing folding phone’s screen with the iPhone, these makers delaminated an actual iPhone X screen to use in the mod. It took 37 attempts before they had a screen with layers that properly separated to be both flexible and functional. Several different folding phones were disassembled, and [KJMX] found a Motorola Razr folding mechanism would work best with the iPhone X screen. Unfortunately, since the iPhone screen isn’t designed to fold, it still will fail after a relatively small number of folds.

Other sacrifices were made, like the removal of the Taptic Engine and a smaller battery to fit everything into the desired form factor. The “iPhone V” boasts the worst battery life of any iPhone to date. After nearly a year of work though, [KJMX] can truly claim to have made what Apple hasn’t.

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26 thoughts on “First Folding IPhone Doesn’t Come From Apple

  1. Incredible engineering, but I can’t see the point. Even the “real” folding phones will fail. Such is the nature of matter.

    I need a thin slab that expands to accommodate new content, like The Expanse.

    1. What’s wrong with that reason? I really liked the idea behind the Samsung one that folded out to a squarish tablet, but it had a phone interface on the outside too so you wouldn’t need to be constantly unfolding it.

    2. The solution to “the phone is too big to pocket” problem is: making phones under 6″, preferably under 5″, again. There are a few, which are damn expensive. I hate using my recent 6″+ phone(s), but I def. won’t pay 600+ € for a smaller device. I tend to use my 200-250€ phones for many years, mostly till they break or are 2 Android Versions behind (or won’t get security patches anymore).

    3. Or… they could just make smaller phones. Most of the pixels on your massive screen are just duplicated/interpolated anyway because there’s no content in that high resolution. Just make the screen smaller. Please.

  2. They’d get a lot more effective screen area if they simply made the phone slide a keyboard out so that the small screen didn’t have to be occupied by an on-screen keyboard.

    I gave up doing emails on my phone for that reason… screen was 480×800px, by the time an on-screen keyboard was rendered, I had a 480px square to compose my email in. By comparison, VGA came out in 1987 and boasted 640×480. I felt like sending the email should be accompanied by a screeching modem handshake as it uploaded.

    1. Apple? Return to physical buttons? I’m convinced they have been priming the market for eliminating physical keyboards on their laptops for years. No way in hell they’ll ever add one to a phone again.

  3. Those foldable phones have existed for years. One half is the LCD, the other half is the keyboard, and most of all, they were reasonably sturdy and would last a long time as long as you treat them not too rough.
    I really liked the Psion Series 5 form factor, and I probably would still use it if it had a better quality LCD (That is speed and contrast, I don’t care about color much for such a thing) and the thing was Linux compatible. I also very much appreciated the 30+ hours on two AA’s. Ah those were the days.

    There are some nice small linux computers in that format, but I’m not willing to pay EUR800 for one of those.

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