Apple's quest for a folding iPhone

Secret prototypes exist, but there's a problem.

Aside from the iPhone, my favorite phone of all time is the old Motorola Razr.

A thin slab of aluminum, the Razor folded up and easily slid into my front jeans pocket. It was unobtrusive, and a hardy little sucker, too.

This was the original Razr — circa 2004, which was introduced three years before the iPhone — not the 2019 smartphone relaunch.

Apple is working on something similar, a foldable iPhone that can easily be slipped into a skinny jeans pocket. But as the Razr relaunch shows, there’s a huge problem with folding smartphones: They’re no longer thin, eliminating their main selling point and making the whole thing kinda pointless.

Apple is reportedly aware of this conundrum, and won’t release its folding iPhone until it finds an elegant solution.

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