The latest iPhones and Galaxy smartphones have been able to do some pretty interesting things. The iPhone, for instance, can catalog a user’s health and fitness statistics and send them back to a database to aid in medical research. There have even been rumors that the iPhone’s later models may one day be able to project and use a holographic keyboard as if it were sitting right in front of you. For its part, the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge can show notifications on the side of its screen and charge wirelessly.
Now that phone enthusiasts have gotten a look at the concept for the iPhone 7, one has to wonder what will be next for iPhone’s competitor Samsung. Enter the foldable display. According to Forbes, Samsung Display’s Lee Chang-Hoon hinted last November that Samsung might be interested in a foldable phone, something the iPhone has not offered up until this point.
“We will secure production capacity of 30,000 to 40,000 [flexible displays each month] by the end of next year…we plan to provide consumers with a product that has a flexible display by the end of the year. However, nothing has been decided on the finished product.”
At the moment, the closest the iPhone has come to a foldable display was actually an accident. Apple created its iPhone 6 out of aluminum, which would cause the iPhone to bend if pushed on too hard by its users. What Samsung may be working on is more intentional, offering users the ability to open and close their phone from left to right as if it were a book. Ironically enough, the new concept evokes thoughts of pre-smartphone days when flip phones were all the rage, so Samsung is sort of going forward by going backwards.
Additionally, the Week speculated that iPhone 7 may have a new feature dubbed Force Touch. While it may sound like a skill Yoda would teach Obi-Wan, Force Touch has nothing to do with Star Wars and actually means the iPhone will be able to feel how hard a user presses on it. The iPhone can then respond with different actions for different uses of pressure. This may help the iPhone differentiate between, say, pressing the home button or using the fingerprint ID sensor (also located on the home button in older iPhones).