Sunday, September 25, 2022

Foldable are the fastest growing smartphone product category (but I still don’t think we’ll see a foldable iPhone)

Despite applying for numerous patents (and being granted several) for a foldable iPhone, I still don’t think Apple will release such a smartphone. However, I could be wrong as foldables continue to be the fastest growing smartphone product category this year, according to Counterpoint Research.

The research group expects their shipments to grow 73% year-over-year in 2022 to 16 million units. Samsung continues to lead the category it created with the first Galaxy Fold device.

Samsung’s share of the foldable market was 62% in the first half of this year. Counterpoint expects this to jump to 80% in the second half with its new Galaxy Fold 4 and Flip 4 product launches.

On the significance of the foldables segment across the broader market, Counterpoint Senior Analyst Jane Park says, “Foldables not only bring fresh design to smartphones – traditionally ruled by bar-type form factors – but also more screen real estate. This is growing in importance with smartphone use cases expanding, especially across media, entertainment and work.”

I think foldable smartphones are a gimmick that will pass. What’s more, as noted by Screenrant, foldable screens are difficult to produce and the hinges are prone to failure, as demonstrated by such high-profile manufacturers as Samsung and Motorola that struggled and failed on their first attempts. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.