Recently, there have been rumors that iPhone is looking into building foldable iPhone screen prototypes. This would bring the company up to par with the likes of Motorola and Samsung that both have foldable smartphones, but currently, the iPhone foldable phone is still just a rumor.
So for a little fun, and to test his skills, Strange Parts YouTube channel's host, Scotty Allen, decided to see if he could build his own iPhone foldable screen.
He posted a video about his attempt at building a flexible AMOLED iPhone screen, which he managed to achieve — to a certain extent.
How the flexible screen works
Allen did manage to create a flexible iPhone screen, however, it was more of an iOS display flexible screen than anything else. Still, the screen's projection is live and connected to an iPhone, and at the end of the day, it's interesting to learn about the tech and to see what possibilities are achievable.
Allen ordered two flexible screens off of the e-commerce website Aliexpress for his experiment. One of the screens is very thin, about 0.3 mm thick — roughly the width of three sheets of paper — while the other was a little thicker, thus less flexible.
Both screens had their own setbacks. For instance, the thinner, more flexible screen, suffered a hiccup when Allen folded it a little too much, which resulted in it splitting a bit apart. The second was more rigid and the screen had more vibrant colors but was less foldable.
Both screens plugged into their respective adaptor boards for HDMI, which ran the screens. To test them, Allen plugged the adaptor boards into a Raspberry Pi 4, which was receiving information from his iPhone over WiFi.
And that's essentially it! As Allen points out, his motivation was to see what a flexible screen would look like on an iPhone.
However fun this project is, it costs a pretty penny as both screens cost approximately $500. So if anything goes wrong, like when the thinner screen easily breaking apart, that's $500 directly down the drain.
All in all, it's cool to watch the video and learn how to create a flexible iPhone screen, but as Allen pointed out himself, it's more of a fun project at the moment than an actual prototype for future flexible screens.