Will Apple jump on the foldable phone trend?
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Will Apple jump on the foldable phone trend?

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The new feature coming to the Apple Watch. Apple Music may have a new home. And when are we getting that foldable iPhone? Let's get right to the core of this week's Apple News and Rumors. [MUSIC] The next Apple Watch may finally be going to bed with you. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple has been testing out its new sleep tracking features. In super secret locations around its Cupertino headquarters. But don't expect overnight results because before launching any new feature, especially a health feature like this one, it has to undergo rigorous testing at Apple's labs. And then Apple also has to get over it's battery issues that could still present a problem for type of feature on the Apple watch which requires 24 hour monitoring. As it is now, the Apple watch still requires overnight charging. Competitors like Samsung, Garmin and Fitbit have had sleep tracking features in their wearable devices for quite some time now. That can actually determine not just the quantity, but also the quality of your sleep. But they also have much longer battery lives that can go up to a week on a charge. Right now, the only way to track sleep on an Apple Watch is through a third-party app. And you'll have to charge it before going to bed, probably. The report says we may not actually get this feature until 2020, which seems Pretty far off. So what would we get in this years Apple Watch? Maybe a blood pressure monitoring feature? Samsung's new Galaxy Watch Active will soon be monitoring blood pressure as part of a beta program, but that's still in beta. At least it proves, though, that wearable devices can get this type of Measure. Now here's one you don't hear about everyday, Apple and Google playing nice. For a very brief moment in time, Google Home users might have caught a glimpse of Apple Music on the Home app. Granted the button to link it didn't actually work, but it might be a not-so-subtle clue of what's coming in the future. Since the news came out, Apple has remained mum about the issue, but Google said to Bloomberg that its It's just a software bug and that, for now, the company has nothing to announce. Suspect. Either way, it wouldn't come as too much of a shock to see Apple Music come to the Google Home, as Apple continues to grow its services beyond Apple products. You can already get Apple Music on Android devices and the Amazon Echo. And Samsung TVs this year will be getting iTunes Movies and TV shows. [SOUND] But now, let's talk about the hottest trend in the mobile world right now, foldables. Samsung just unveiled its Galaxy Fold, Wawei showed off its Mate X at Mobile World Congress. And it may just be a matter of time before we see Apple get into the foldables game. Now there's been plenty of evidence that Apple is interested in this space, but companies foldable patents date back to 2011 with this hinged design, which kind of reminds me of the Galaxy Fold, which actually got approved in 2014. Now here more recent patents from this year which show an extension of this design and this one discovered by smart price shows an origami type fold in which the phone can fold into multiple shapes. And in case you're having a hard time picturing this foldable iPhone here's a fun render from Dutch industrial designer Roy Gilsing. Published in Foldable News that shows what the iPhone would look like if it bent in half. But let's not get ahead of ourselves because this one maybe a slow roll, if you know what I'm saying. Because there are still a few things that have to fall into place to make this a reality. First and foremost, there's this Screen issue. Now, it's no secret that Apple currently relies on Samsung for some of its OLED screens. And according to Goldman Sachs analysts, Samsung is not willing to share its foldable screen technology quite yet, especially not with its biggest rival. Now sure, Apple can still go to someone else like LG, and that's actually a pretty strong rumor. The company has been experimenting with foldable screen technology for its TVs. But Samsung still has the head start when it comes to mobile. Then there's the issue with materials. Most of these new foldable devices use polymers to cover their screens, AKA plastic. But I doubt that Apple would use plastic on an iPhone. And given its long standing relationship with Corning, they may have to wait until Corning can develop a truly foldable glass to fit its needs, which they're definitely working on. But it still can't fold completely in half like what we saw in these patents. And lastly there's the user experience. Apple would not launch a foldable device unless the software is there to support it. Meaning they would have to open it up to developers. To start envisioning what the experience would look like. All this to say we're not getting a foldable iPhone in 2019. Some say maybe 2020, but I think that even that is a stretch. I would put my money on 2021, and sure they'd be pretty late to the game of this. Point, but both of those right now are kind of a tease anyway. At least according to our own Roger Chang, who's actually seen some of these devices. With only a few devices hitting the market with crazy price tags and, what could be, buggy software. The results? From the Shot on iPhone competition are in. And Apple has just released the names and the pictures of the ten lucky winners, whose photos will be blown up on billboards, online and on Apple stores around the world. Now what's interesting is that not all of the winners were actual photographers. And not all of the shots came from the latest iPhone. Some of them came from the iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Plus, proving that you don't need the latest iPhone to take amazing shots. But then again, we already knew that. Now, the top winners came from countries like Belarus, Singapore, Germany, Israel, and the United States. Now, after a little bit of controversy, Apple has said that it will reward the winners with a licensing fee, but it's unclear how much the company will actually show out. Now, if you are one of the lucky winners, congratulations and if not, better luck next time. That does it for today's show So but as always, you can stay up to date with the latest Apple news and rumours on CNet.com, or subscribe to the Apple Core show for more videos like this, and next week we'll be taking a little break as I compare the Earpods against the Galaxy Buds. So, stay tuned for that video, and we'll be back the following week with a preview, of the rumored March Apple event. So, I'll see you next time. [MUSIC]

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