Will the iPhone of the future be equipped with an E Ink display? So thinks analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
The iPhone is still Apple’s most important product in its catalog today. It is the centerpiece of its ecosystem and Apple must therefore put the odds on its side to maintain its sales. For this, the firm explores a lot of options and works on many technologies.
Recently, we learned that Apple was working on foldable screens to study the field and not miss this possible turning point of the smartphone. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple would also test e-ink screens from the E Ink brand.
A very low consumption screen
E-ink is a technology that fans of the Amazon Kindle are familiar with. It is a screen that can imitate paper, making it quite pleasant to read books. Above all, e-ink has the enormous advantage of consuming very little energy, which allows e-readers to offer great autonomy. Obviously, this is not about replacing the main screen of the iPhone with an e-ink screen: we would lose a lot in display quality for movies or games, and in the fluidity of the tactile experience.
Apple is testing E Ink’s Electronic Paper Display (EPD) for future foldable device’s cover screen & tablet-like applications. The color EPD has the potential to become a mainstream solution for foldable devices’ must-have cover/second screen thanks to its excellent power-saving.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo)
Apple would actually like to integrate an E Ink screen as the second screen of its possible future foldable iPhone. The idea would be not to increase the consumption budget of the device while integrating this second external screen which allows you to quickly consult notifications. So far, Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold has a rather large OLED screen on the front, which therefore encroaches on the autonomy of the device. This solution obviously did not completely convince the Apple teams.
It should be emphasized that this is a simple test, and that it is not guaranteed that Apple will market a foldable smartphone or even integrate an E Ink screen. This still allows us to understand a little better what Apple is trying to correct in foldable smartphones, before possibly adopting this new type of product. Anyway, we should not expect this type of foldable device from Apple for several years.
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