A Chinese YouTuber has posted a video claiming to have created the world’s first “foldable iPhone”. He went to great lengths to build the device using internal iPhone components and the folding hinge of a Motorola Razr. The man posted the entire process on his YouTube channel, which eventually shows an iPhone that can be folded in half.
In the video, the YouTuber walks through the process of choosing parts from various devices and putting them back together to create his own custom phone. He removed the internal components from an iPhone X and pushed them into a foldable Motorola Razr chassis. Although the video is in Chinese, there are English subtitles. The procedure is extremely difficult and time consuming.
According to the Apple Insider, this YouTuber set out to build a “foldable iPhone” while preserving as many parts of the original devices as possible. As part of the design criteria, it had to be soft enough to bend while retaining touch functionality. The video shows the mechanic’s step-by-step process to what later turned out to be dozens of iPhone screens. He cut apart the case of a donor device and rebuilt it with a hinge into a foldable phone. The man tested several hinge types of phones such as the Galaxy Z Flip, but chose a Motorola Razr hinge because of the “small” screen fold.
According to the report, the iOS in the foldable phone continued to function normally and the touch functionality remained unaffected.
However, the software was modified (called jailbreaking) to work properly in the foldable setup, the website said.
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