A foldable iPhone despite Apple’s nose

WASHINGTON — Despite being derided by Samsung in ads for not having its own flexible screen technology, Apple has delayed the launch of a foldable phone, but a Chinese tech fan of Apple could not wait to turn an ordinary iPhone into one with the much-anticipated feature.

The Chinese giant has so far lagged behind this technology, in what appears to be an attempt to arrive at the right time when flexible screen technology will witness stability that allows betting on it.

Among the 7 largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, 6 of them have already introduced foldable screens, namely Samsung, Motorola, Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo, but the seventh, Apple, has not done so.

But a famous YouTuber amazed tech followers with his success in presenting an impressive prototype that shows an iPhone that folds a central hinge in the screen.

The Chinese technologist even showed a fake promotional video for this device, which shows that it features 5G connectivity and is powered by the A16 Bionic chipset.

The prototype, dubbed “iPhone V”, was built by engineers using the iPhone X and the folding mechanism adopted by Motorola in its Motorola Raz clamshell phone.

The device, which took more than 200 days and cost thousands of dollars to make, also features silver “Evan” lettering on the hinge and the famous “apple” icon on the back.

A Chinese YouTube channel called Technologic Aesthetics posted the video, which details the arduous, months-long task of building the device.

“It took more than 200 days of effort, and at a huge cost,” said Na Yan of the channel. “In the coming days we want to continue to improve the foldable iPhone.”

Overall, the iPhone V looks similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip, which unfolds like an old ’90s phone thanks to a horizontal hinge across the middle of the screen.

But the team used an iPhone X, a model that’s already five years old, to turn it into a modern-looking phone running iOS 16.

The engineers used the phone’s OLED screen, which itself is flexible, although it is covered by the hard outer glass in iPhones.

The team also rearranged the internal components of the iPhone so that it could fold and borrowed the folding pivot structure from the Motorola Razr, although they considered using the mechanism from the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.

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