Apple working on two foldable iPhone models - reports

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 foldable mobile phone.
Apple may try and compete with other foldable phones, such as this Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. Photo credit: Newshub.

Apple apparently intends to enter the foldable mobile market as two prototype foldable iPhone models have reportedly passed internal durability tests in China.

The reports originated at Taiwanese outlet Economic Daily News, which said the prototype tests were conducted at the Foxconn factory in Shenzhen. 

The two foldable iPhone models are said to be a vertical flip mobile similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or Motorola RAZR, along with a model that has dual screens connected by a hinge.

Apple is now reportedly evaluating which of the two models are best and may only continue with that one, rather than both.

The Economic Daily News report comes after US tech journalist Jon Prosser, who has a solid history of accurately leaking Apple news, also reported on the company developing two foldable iPhone prototypes.

Although it may seem as though Apple is late to the foldable party after several competitors have released various models over the past few years, the company was awarded a foldable iPhone patent back in 2017.

Don't expect foldable iPhones to be revealed any time soon, however - the reports predict they won't be released until late 2022 at the earliest.