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iPhone Fold screen may wrap around the case

A render of a possible iPhone Fold, with an internal folding display as opposed to an external one.

The iPhone Fold may buck the trend of having the screen on the inside, with one analyst believing it could wrap around the iPhone when folded up.

The basic design of most foldable smartphones is that the screen is on the inside of the fold when it's at its smallest. For Apple's long-rumored effort, it may work the opposite way.

According to a note to investors seen by AppleInsider, Jeff Pu of Haitong International believes the iPhone Fold will use a "wrap around foldable design." Pu adds that Apple's 7.9-inch device should be in the same vein as the Huawei Mate Xs 2.

In translation, the display will be on the outside when the device is folded up. This can help make the screen less susceptible to damage from creases due to the far wider radius in how it bends around the device compared to a crisp fold.

At the same time, it does place the screen in more danger of scratches and scuffs, since it is exposed on both sides of the closed device.

Three views of a sleek, foldable smartphone with a large screen displaying a purple and white flower design.
Huawei Mate Xs 2

As for when it will arrive, Pu believes it could be a 2026 release for Apple. This is somewhat early compared to other analyst forecasts, which foresee a 2027 release at earliest.

The iPhone Fold wasn't the only flexible device Pu mentioned in the note. He went on to talk about a 20.3-inch MacBook that could fold up as well.

Pu is guessing that the larger device could start mass production in late 2025.