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Apple’s Foldable iPhone Prototypes, Readiness of Nigeria’s market.

Apple recently teased schematics for a foldable iPhone. Although Samsung, Motorola, and Xiaomi may have beaten the American tech giant to the market, it is a well-known fact that when Apple launches it does it in style. Hence, we expect innovation and out-of-the-box ingenuity.

Technology keeps evolving and it has become obvious humanity revolves around it. Phone manufacturers keep inventing technologies to beat their rivals and keep their brand afloat in the phone market. Nigeria has no doubt positioned itself as a veritable market place for advanced smartphone technologies.

According to various online reports, Apple is said to be on the verge of testing its foldable iPhone prototypes which may not be ready until early 2022.

The report went further to state that Apple has asked its numerous manufacturing partners to begin building foldable iPhone prototypes, according to Foxconn and Nippon Nippon have been tasked with providing samples for testing.

Foldable iPhone may soon hit the market since a number of Apple’s rivals in the mobile industry — including Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola — launched foldable phones of their own, according to reports. Presently, no foldable iPhones can be seen anywhere in Nigeria presently.

Apple has ordered foldable iPhone samples as emphasised by the quotes below:

“According to the supply chain, Apple is currently testing key components such as the screen and hinges of the folding device in order to make the first folding iPhone available as soon as possible,” reports the Chinese newspaper Economic Daily.

Also, another source reports that “It is generally expected that the first foldable iPhone will use hinges [from] Taiwanese manufacturers such as Nippon Nippon, which has cooperated highly with Apple in the notebook business in the past.”

By this, it is believed that Apple expects those hinges to withstand more than 100,000 operations. That’s more than double the number of operations expected from laptop hinges, the report adds, but it is rightly believed a foldable iPhone will be opened and closed more frequently.

Apple is said to be keen to avoid the early teething problems associated with Samsung, which saw its first foldable phone plagued by reliability issues. Some early adopters suffered all manner of hardware failures, forcing Samsung to cancel preorders.

Furthermore, Samsung is reported to provide the iPhone’s first foldable displays. The South Korean company is said to be manufacturing flexible panels for its Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Flip line of smartphones. Foxconn, Apple’s biggest manufacturing partner, will reportedly handle assembly.

Apple hasn’t yet decided whether its first foldable iPhone will have an OLED or microLED display, the report adds. These are not to be confused with the mini-LED screens Apple is rumored to be bringing to iPad, MacBook, and other products starting next year, according to the report.

With Nigeria’s booming smartphone market and considering an average Nigerian’s taste for luxury smartphones, Nigeria is definitely one of the prime targets for a foldable iPhone in Africa. Nigeria is a ready market for any future phone inventions.

Although the cost implications of a foldable phone may be high, considerable numbers of Nigerians will definitely patronize the sub-brand as a way of expressing their social status.

Nigeria has one of the highest levels of phone penetrations in the world, through well-established distribution networks. Brands like Samsung, Tecno, Nokia, Apple, and very recently Xiaomi, and Oppo are leading the charge in supply the most populous black nation on earth with technologies to connect with one another and the world.

The fact remains that there are rooms for improvements vis-a-vis infrastructure, and home-developed technology in order to make Nigeria, not just a consumer of imported phones but a haven for manufactured quality brands of different categories of mobile phones.

Be it a foldable, or a “squeezable“, Nigerians affinity for flaunting the best of tech trends means we are ready for a foldable iPhone. Bring it on!

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Olanrewaju Shodimu
A political and public commentator, seasoned and prolific content creator, a feature writer and a tech enthusiast.

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