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Apple's cofounder is worried the iPhone maker has fallen behind on folding phones

Isobel Asher Hamilton , Business Insider US
 Feb 28, 2019, 05:18 PM
Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak.
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  • Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak told Bloomberg he's worried that Apple isn't a leader in the newly minted folding phone market.
  • Wozniak said he would like a folding phone himself.
  • Last week a patent filing from Apple showed it's at least thinking about folding phone designs.

Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak is keen for Apple to get into the folding phone game.

Wozniak founded Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976, and left the company in 1985. Speaking to Bloomberg, he said Apple has fallen behind in innovative designs such as folding phones.

"Apple has been a leader for quite a long time in a few areas such as Touch ID, facial ID, and easy payment with the phone. They were the leader and everyone else had to follow, but they're not the leader in areas like the folding phone, and that worries me because I really want a folding phone" Wozniak said when asked whether Apple is falling behind on innovation.

He added that he'd like to see Apple TV expand, and that he currently prefers rival Roku.

At Mobile World Congress this year Samsung and Huawei both debuted folding phones, along with a handful of other, smaller companies.

Apple filed a patent application in mid-February which showed a folding phone design, but it's unlikely there will be a folding iPhone in the next year.

Samsung and Huawei's folding phones will be expensive, at R43,000 and R31,000 respectively. Currently Apple's most expensive iPhone is the XS Max at R30,689.

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