Has Apple fixed the foldable phone's biggest problem?

iPhone Fold render
An unofficial render – how the iPhone Fold could look (Image credit: AppleInsider)

It's been a few months since we reported on the development of Apple's ever-so-elusive foldable phone. But the slow drip of the rumour mill has just offered up another juicy nugget: Apple could be taking on the challenge of fixing the super-short battery life of flexible devices. 

Yup, according to one of most reliable Apple analysts around, the tech powerhouse wants to use a high-tech version of electronic ink to replace the power-sucking OLED screen found on the front of flexible devices. Could this send the rumoured model straight to the top of our best fold phones list? Keep reading to see what the future has in store for the iPhone Flip... iFold... Let's leave the name out of it.

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Ming-Chi Kuo (opens in new tab) posted the above tweet, suggesting that Apple could be testing the tech that would change the game for foldable devices. Since an E ink screen can run for weeks off a single charge, it could solve one of the major problems with the foldable phone – the fact that multiple displays drain the battery hours faster than on a standard phone.

E ink example

Electronic ink has come on leaps and bounds (Image credit: E Ink)

Recent advances in electronic ink mean it now has the responsiveness to run video and animation (lightyears away from the Kindle Paperweight, right?), and it's foldable and rollable. This means that, though there are still some issues with the technology (processing speeds, for one), it could be a viable contender for the mainstream electronic market. And we're sure that if anyone can get it over the final hurdle, it'll be Apple.

Since foldable technology still has some creases to iron out, it isn't surprising Apple is holding off releasing its own offering until it has something special up its sleeve. But with reports suggesting that Apple's foldable phone won't come to market until at least 2025, you'll have to make do with these stunning renders (based on Apple's patents) for now.

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Georgia Coggan is currently Creative Bloq's Acting Deputy Editor. Georgia started her freelance career working for CB in 2018, and since then has worked across the site on news, ecom, SEO content... basically anything and everything. Now covering the Dep Ed role for three months, Georgia is a slave to the style guide, a logo geek and loves all things London Underground (its branding history, and not at rush hour).