Recent rumors suggest that a foldable Apple product may be in our future. However, the China-based The Aesthetics of Science and Technology doesn’t expect the Cupertino giant to make a foldable iPhone. The team decided to build one themselves and showed the results on YouTube. They call their creation “iPhone V”.
The 17-minute long video goes into the fine details of how these engineers created their foldable iPhone. They used parts from a spare Motorola Razr, various iPhone models, and custom 3D printed parts. The year-old product produced a prototype that appears to be functional. It folds in half, runs a jailbroken version of iOS, and boasts foldable features like split-screen mode.
Unsurprisingly, some compromises had to be made. The iPhone V has a smaller battery, lacks wireless charging, and only has one speaker. But the biggest flaw is the huge gap between the touchscreen and the hinge when the device is folded. You can practically see daylight through the device. But that shouldn’t be too surprising since the team lacks the specialized equipment and resources that a mega-corporation like Apple has at its disposal.
While this prototype is interesting and may be a preview of things to come, you probably shouldn’t try it on your new iPhone 14. These engineers have the technical know-how and plenty of resources at their disposal. You would almost certainly break your thousand dollar device beyond repair. And it’s a fair bet that trying to turn your smartphone into a sandwich isn’t covered by AppleCare.
Sources: gizmodo, design boom, gadget