The majority of the country has failed to embrace the new concept, but Apple is likely to have a foldable iPhone or MacBook until 2025.
Display manufacturers like Samsung and LG are hesitant to pursue more foldable and "slidable" concepts, from machines that can be folded twice, to rollable displays that allow you to set the desired width based on the content you consume.
At a display week 2022 conference in San Jose, CA, a few of these concepts have been discussed.
Some of them have been branded by Samsung, such as Flex G, Flex S, and Flex In & Flex Out, and each of them fold in a specific way. Then there''s the Flex Slide and the Flex Roll, which are screens that slide from one side or both to make larger screens more attractive.
Samsung promises to have a 12.4-inch slidable display available for viewing later this year. Despite its belief, foldable screens have a major role in the gaming and automotive worlds, and it is also working on a "Gaming Foldable OLED" that would allow users to connect controllers to the display, as well as a "Digital Cockpit" for cars.
LG is developing a different approach to the sliding concept, which allows the device to be larger to accommodate more vertical content. A 17-inch foldable OLED that will debut in an Asus Zenbook laptop in the coming months, as well as a screen for curved monitors that allows you to adjust the curvature.
Both companies are hard at work on addressing some of the glaring issues with foldable displays, such as crease formation, brightness degradation, and even employing new materials to make them feel like glass to the touch. LG''s foldable panels have now surpassed Samsung''s stated endurance of 200,000 folds before developing a noticeable defect.