Tech & Science Forget Samsung Galaxy Z Flip – This Apple iMac with foldable glass looks insane

10:25  14 february  2020
10:25  14 february  2020 Source:   t3.com

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Earlier this week, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip was unveiled to a packed crowd in San Francisco, with its impressive (and, in some cases, divisive) folding glass technology ushering a new era for flexible devices. 

Previously, Apple has been rumoured to be quietly working on its own foldables, as is every major technology manufacturer. However, new evidence has come to light that before we see a foldable iPhone or iPad, we might see a flexible desktop iMac designed as a single sheet of glass. 

Dutch outlet LetsGoDigital has found a patent filed by Apple on January 23, 2020 for an iMac comprised of a single flexible "glass sandwich" like a smartphone. With all the technology encased in the slender glass pane, one third of the iMac will be able to bend, displaying a keyboard, with a rear kickstand behind the screen for stability. The stand could also hold the ports that would be difficult to integrate into such a slender design.

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Samsung 's Galaxy Z Flip is its second foldable device, but the first that's designed with a smartphone form factor. Using glass rather than a laminate material results in a nicer display and a device that overall, feels more premium. The hinge feels sturdier than the hinge in the Galaxy Fold , and it's a

Samsung today officially debuted the Galaxy Z Flip , its newest flagship foldable smartphone. Unlike Samsung 's first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold , the Z Flip is a smartphone-sized device that folds in half. Samsung called it a stylish smartphone designed for trendsetters and people who want

Curved glass is nothing new, but the key is incorporating the bending glass into a hinge, much like the Z Flip does into its seam, in order to flex while still keeping the screen intact. This is not a true hinge, as such, and it's never shown bending more than 90 degrees. The computer will also be able to straighten out in order to slip into a case for easy transportation. 

Render artist Concept Creator has taken the elements listed in the patent and created an incredible concept render detailing what the new iMac might look like. Check the video out below:

The patent lists options for both a physical keyboard and a digital one. While physical keyboards feel much more tactile, we can see the appeal of a digital keyboard on a device like this: the temptation for Apple to create that "single sheet of glass" look it loves so much would understandably be too great. 

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip fully revealed in leaked images

  Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip fully revealed in leaked images No 5G, two displays, and a horizontally folding glass displayAs expected, the Z Flip will feature a 6.7-inch, 22:9 aspect ratio foldable OLED display with an FHD+ (2636 x 1080) resolution. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, the new leak confirms that the Z Flip will feature an “ultra thin glass” display, instead of the more fragile plastic panel that caused issues on the Fold. Like Samsung’s other recent phones, the Z Flip will feature a centrally located hole-punch camera on the inside for selfies. There’s also a second display on the outside: a 1.06-inch (300 x 116) OLED panel that can be used to tell the time and for displaying simple notifications.

The Galaxy Z Flip marks Samsung 's latest effort to dominate the foldable phone market. Samsung is using proprietary bendable glass it calls Ultra Thin Glass . The company says the glass gives the Flip "a sleek, premium look and feel that has never been seen with a foldable device before."

The Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung 's latest foldable phone, and while it seem like an experiment, it does have a premium design and decent specs for size. We got to test out the Galaxy Z Flip at Samsung 's Unpacked event and, sure enough, it folds in half like any flip phone from a decade ago.

Nevertheless, there's a lot to love in a device like this: while it's not a true foldable as such, we could see smaller versions of this fitting the iPad very well, functioning as a tablet until you flex the screen into "keyboard mode". 

a hand holding a cellphone: Flexible glass incorporated into the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (Image credit: Samsung) © Provided by T3 Flexible glass incorporated into the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (Image credit: Samsung)

However, it's interesting to know the technology is in the pipeline, and it shows Apple is keeping a watchful eye on its flexible competitors, like the Z Flip and the Motorola Razr. Will we see a flexible iPad, MacBook or iPhone in the near future? Watch this space.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip beats the Motorola Razr in nearly every way .
Samsung avoids many of Motorola’s mistakesMy biggest surprise yesterday was the quality of the Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung seems to have done many of the things I said it needed to do to redeem the folding phone category. The screen is glass, the build quality seems solid, and the specs aren’t underpowered. It’s a good thing Samsung got so much right because if Motorola had to carry the banner for folding phones, we’d be in a much darker place.

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