Will Apple’s “Flip Phone” Be Any Good?

The first mobile phones were like bricks – literally. The Motorola DynaTAC 800x, the first commercial mobile phone, was 13 by 3.5 by 2 inches, so this comparison is not as far-fetched as it may sound. In time, of course, mobile phones became smarter and more convenient to use and carry around. And then, in 1996, the same Motorola released a revolutionary model: the first flip phone called StarTAC. Flip phones and bar phones coexisted for quite some time before the age of the smartphone – there are quite a few feature phones to this day that boast this convenient form factor. Recently, in turn, smartphone makers have also turned to this time-tested design, trying to recreate it in one form or another.

Apple, the company responsible for the age of the smartphone as we know it, will also release its first foldable phone in the coming year(s). According to recent leaks, it will be a handset built in the tradition of the ‘flip phone’. But will it be any good? Let’s see what information the ‘leakers’ have published about it online so far.

Hardware

Right now, there is no telling what hardware will the new iPhone Flip’s clamshell case hide. One thing is for sure: it will likely be a more than decent configuration as you might expect from an upcoming iPhone.

One thing is for sure: it will go above and beyond the hardware needed to run online casino games – but it might not be the right handset for this purpose. Hyper-casual games like the slot machines and card games available at the JackpotCity Casino like to run on relatively large screens. This is probably the reason why online gambling hasn’t become widely used before the age of the smartphone, despite operators doing their best in the early to mid-2000s. It took JackpotCity Mobile a little while after the emergence of the first iPhone to become widely available to smartphone users – since then, it has become the go-to choice for players on the go.

Analysts expect the upcoming iPhone Flip to be a more conveniently priced mid-range handset as opposed to the competitors’ premium price point, with a hardware one generation behind the “proper” iPhone models launched in the same year.

Clamshell design

The term ‘clamshell design’ refers to the traditional design of a flip phone – the electronics and the screen will be enclosed in a hinged case resembling the shell of a clam. This type of smartphone design is not unheard of: it was used by Samsung for its Galaxy Z Flip series, as well as Motorola for its revived RAZR handset.

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It’s a convenient design for those who like to keep their handset in their normal-sized pockets.

Availability

This is a point where the rumours contradict each other.

According to some sources (that were right about iPhone specs and models before) Apple may plan to launch its new iPhone Flip handset as early as next year. Other sources tell that, although the handset is already being prototyped at one of the Foxconn manufacturing facilities in Taiwan, we won’t be seeing it in 2022 – so it may not be available as part of the iPhone 13 family. One thing is for sure, though – it won’t see the light of day during this fall’s traditional Apple event.

Whenever it is released, we can definitely tell already that this new iPhone will cater to the fans of the brand from day one.