What the hell is going on in Samsung after the Galaxy Fold delay? The whole situation continues to refuse to normalize and, on the other hand, it gets rarer almost every day. The latest is that iFixit has decided to comply with a request from Samsung to withdraw its Galaxy Fold disassembly from the Internet, even though Samsung apparently did not ask iFixit to do so directly.
This rarity follows AT & T's seemingly arbitrary decision to email a possible ship date for the Galaxy Fold despite the fact that Samsung has not officially set a new release date. By requesting that iFixit pull the dismantling, Samsung is apparently willing to risk the Streisand effect when it comes to people clamoring to see the insides of their device. Here is part of the statement from iFixit about it:
A trusted partner provided us with our Galaxy Fold unit. Samsung has requested, through that partner, that iFixit eliminate its disassembly. We are not required to eliminate our analysis, legal or otherwise. But out of respect for this partner, whom we consider an ally to make the devices more repairable, we are opting to withdraw our history until we can buy a Galaxy Fold in the retail market.
Why does this Samsung? We have asked for comments, obviously, but we suspect that we may not receive an answer. That leaves us with a lot of possible reasons that we can only speculate about.
On the charitable end of the interpretation scale is that Samsung is definitely reworking the Fold, the design will change, and Samsung does not want to have a disassembly for a device that will never be sent. The possibilities become less and less charitable. Maybe the partner who provided the Fold to iFixit should not do it, and Samsung is only enforcing a contract.
Or maybe it's that the disassembly served as excellent evidence that there were obvious and potentially avoidable errors in the design of the Fold, namely, that it was too easy for the dirt and sand inside that. That was our opinion when we originally looked at the demolition, although we were also impressed by how robust the hinge was.
Whatever the reasoning of Samsung, it is not a good idea to issue a removal request in any situation. Why a company that is already struggling to calm the bad press around this device would invite more to ask for a removal is disconcerting.
To be clear, Samsung has not sent any request to The Verge to remove our revision of the Fold as originally designed, or any of our other content. If you respond to our request for comments on this elimination or if you have something else to say, we will definitely let you know.
Meanwhile, you can read the Internet Archive version of the Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown from iFixit right here.