Apple Reportedly Continues Development of Foldable iPhone, Aims for 2026 Release

February 20, 2024 – Contrary to previous rumors suggesting that Apple had halted the development of a foldable iPhone due to durability concerns, fresh reports indicate that the tech giant is actively pushing forward with the project. Sources privy to Apple’s internal plans have revealed to Alpha Biz that the company is aiming to release the foldable iPhone in late 2026, specifically around September or October.

Interestingly, key personnel from the Apple Vision Pro team have been reassigned to work on the foldable iPhone project. This development comes as the successor to the Apple Vision Pro is not expected to launch for at least 18 months, providing these select researchers and developers ample time to shift their focus to the next big thing in Apple’s pipeline, rumored to be the foldable iPhone.

While there have been whispers about two foldable iPhone prototypes in the works, concerns about durability and a potentially high price tag still loom large. However, with Samsung’s foldable displays recently receiving MIL-STD 810G certification from the U.S. Department of Defense, durability may no longer be a significant hurdle for Apple.

Instead, the company’s main concern could shift towards profitability and justifying a premium price point similar to its high-end models like the iPhone 15 Pro Max. Apple’s reported target shipment volume for the foldable iPhone stands at a whopping 50 million units, but all bets are off if any major obstacles arise during the development process.

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