After last year’s, so to speak, cautious introduction, this year’s hit products could be foldable phones. More and more manufacturers are coming up with such a device, and soon Apple may be among them. And yet, for the time being, this type of device doesn’t make iPhones too feverish.
Experts say Apple may come up with a foldable phone next year or 2023 at the latest – as in several cases so far, it is now patiently waiting and watching from the edge of the track for possible device weaknesses, so its own device can avoid them. Since he only has “one” iPhone, he can’t risk a potentially failed phone. The situation is different for Samsung, which has been there from the beginning to develop collapsible devices and is currently considered an absolute leader in this segment.
One might think after that, iPhone users are already very much looking forward to the foldable Apple phone. However, surveys show otherwise. According to a survey by U.S. polling agency YouGov, current iPhones aren’t necessarily interested in the foldable design, and they’re happy with the current form factor.
But let’s look at all this in the language of numbers. About half of U.S. users would choose this type of phone as their next device. 16 per cent said they were very interested in the thing, while 34 per cent were “somewhat interested”. Consumers using LG and Samsung smartphones are currently more interested in foldable phones than iPhones: 59 per cent of LG users are interested in the novelty, 52 per cent of Samsung users, but only 47 per cent of iPhones gold.
What’s more, 26 per cent are not at all interested in foldable phones, and 22 per cent are not very interested. Only 13 per cent said they were seriously excited about the novelty. Despite Samsung’s leadership in this sector, 22 per cent of Samsung users, or nearly a quarter, are not at all interested in collapsible devices, and only 15 per cent said they really want one. While there may be some explanation for Samsung owners for the still very high price of bendable devices, this argument is less valid for iPhones, as they have to reach deep into their wallets for Apple devices anyway. However, the situation may change a lot after Samsung launches cheaper collapsible models this year.
Half of the respondents explained why they were not interested in folding phones because they were worried about the device being damaged, 43 per cent said it was just a fad, and 37 per cent resented the high price. Fifteen per cent said their favourite brand didn’t have a foldable phone yet. Certainly, the iPhone could have been in the majority here.