The world’s first foldable iPhone really wasn’t made by Apple, but by a YouTube video maker. The video subsequently sparked a lot of discussion. Next, we will analyze this video. And speculate on how the real folding screen iPhone will appear, and what technology did the video maker use to make the phone.
Call it a deepfake or engineering marvel. Either way, there’s something odd and unnatural about this apparent iPhone, which is somehow repurposed into a working foldable phone.
The video appears to claim to show iPhone hardware modified with the hinge used on a modern Motorola Razr. Yes, the Motorola Razr is a foldable smartphone inspired by the original flip phone, and it’s been around for a few years. No, this supposedly melting iPhone doesn’t have any appeal to me. So weird. And it’s weird.
Moving on, if the video is indeed showing what it appears to be showing, then this is a unique piece of hardware. Borrowing a hinge from another smartphone seems like the least of the problems of modifying a real iPhone to actually do it.
After more than 200 days of trial and error, an engineer was able to create a foldable iPhone using custom parts and hinges from a Motorola Razr.
The video shows engineers step-by-step the process of dismantling dozens of iPhone screens, taking apart donated device casings and rebuilding them into foldable devices. They tested multiple hinge types for phones like the Galaxy Z Flip, but they chose the Motorola Razr hinge because of its “small” display crease.
Engineering ingenuity, trial and error peeling back the Apple iPhone screen, and some 3D printed parts bring the foldable iPhone to life. Many space-saving decisions have to be made to ensure the equipment works properly.
Touch functionality continues to work normally, and iOS works fine. However, the engineers wanted a foldable-friendly interface, so they jailbroken and installed custom software that knew about folding displays.
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