What happens to Samsung after the Galaxy-Fold-Delay? The whole situation keeps refusing to normalize, and instead gets stranger almost every day. The latest news is that iFixit has decided to comply with a Samsung request to withdraw its Galaxy Fold print from the Internet, even though Samsung apparently did not ask iFixit for it.
This oddness follows AT & T's seemingly arbitrary decision to send a potential date for the Galaxy Fold to email, even though Samsung has not set an official release date. By claiming that iFixit will tear down the ripoff, Samsung is apparently ready to risk the Streisand effect when people are pushing to see the innards of their device. Here is part of the iFixits statement on this matter:
We have received our Galaxy Fold unit from a trusted partner. Samsung has applied through this partner for iFixit to remove its wear and tear. We are under no obligation to remove our legal or other analysis. But out of respect for this partner, whom we consider an allied repair partner, we pull back our story until we can buy a Galaxy Fold in the trade.
Why is Samsung doing this? Of course, we asked for a comment, but we suspect that there may not be an answer. That leaves us with a whole range of reasons that we can only speculate on.
On the not-for-profit side of the interpretation scale is that Samsung is definitely overhauling the Fold, the design is changing, and Samsung does not want to be a ripper for a device it'll never deliver. Possibilities become successively less charitable from then on. Maybe the partner who provided the crease for iFixit should not do so, and Samsung is just contracting.
Or it's just proof that there were obvious and potentially avoidable mistakes in Fold's design, namely that dirt and sand were too easy to get inside. That was our attitude when we first looked at the demolition, although we were also impressed by how stable the hinge was. Whatever Samsung's argument may look like, it's not a great sight in any situation. Why a company that is already struggling with the suppression of the bad press around this device demands more by claiming a takedown is astonishing.
To be clear, Samsung has not sent any inquiries to The Verge our review of the fold, as it was originally designed, or any of our other content. If it responds to our request for comment on this takedown or has anything else to say, we will definitely let you know.
In the meantime, you can read the version of the Samsung Galaxy Fold waste from iFixit in the Internet archive here.