Browsing the interwebs is an adventure. Headlines grab your eyeballs but what you get behind the headline is not always an accurate reflection of reality, and too often a reflection of a misguided perspective devoid of facts.
Call it what you will– link bait, click bait, fake news– but even if everyone is entitled to an opinion, not everyone is entitled to grab my attention just to spout off more contrarian drivel.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold has folded for the time being and amounts to yet another reason why Apple tends to be slow to market for emerging features. I don’t mind going out on a limb with my own predictions, but here’s one that– unfortunately– caught my eye. Jason Aten:
Here’s Why a Foldable iPhone Is Never Going to Happen
So, does Aten know something the rest of the technology world does not? Do folding smartphone displays cause cancer?
Apple makes beautiful technology that just works, and a foldable iPhone is neither.
There is no way Aten knows that for a fact. It’s a guess. Apple will make a foldable iPhone. Or, Apple will not make a foldable iPhone. It’s a 50-50 guesstimate.
The fact that this isn’t really something people actually want isn’t the real reason Apple won’t make one.
People didn’t clamor for a mouse, either. Or, a trackpad. Or, a touchscreen keyboard.
Apple’s been known to do things that people had no idea they wanted
So, why won’t Apple make an iPhone that folds?
The reason they won’t do it is that it simply isn’t a thing that can be done well.
So far, nobody has done it at all. The Galaxy Fold cannot be purchased. Yet. All the other foldable smartphones are announced but not shipping.
All you have to do is look at the problems plaguing the Samsung Galaxy Fold to see that this is a real issue.
I’m willing to bet– it’s a 50-50 deal– that Aten has never used a Samsung Galaxy Fold or a Huawei Mate Fold or whatever else is about to be out there.
Still, the premise is solid. Right?
A Foldable iPhone Is Never Going To Happen
Do you know how long never is? Never is never as long as you think it is.
About seven paragraphs.
Foldable screen technology is a cool idea, and I’m sure there are some super useful applications for it, but that’s the problem. It’s a cool idea, but in real life, it will probably suck on a phone and I don’t think we’re going to see it on an Apple branded product any time soon. Or ever.
So, it’s a maybe. Or, maybe a maybe not now. But, certainly a maybe not anytime soon; especially since Apple does not build displays but Samsung does.
What of future iPhones? Folding? Or, not folding?
I think the next iPhones we see will continue to look and act much like what we have now.
Except for when it is different.