Although rumors have been circulating for a few years, it would seem that Apple is still not confident the success (or profit) brought by a foldable iPhone, preferring to test the market first by launching a foldable iPad.
Also rumored, the information comes from famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and is confirmed by Ross Young, an expert with close ties among Apple’s component suppliers. According to them, there are currently no indications that Apple has started work on a foldable iPhone. However, Ming-Chi Kuo claims that there are some indications that a foldable iPad is in the works:
I’m taking a cautious approach to iPad shipments for 2023, estimating a 10-15% drop from last year. However, I am positive about the foldable iPad in 2024 and expect this new model will increase shipments and improve the product mix.
My sources indicate that the foldable iPad will ship with a docking cradle made of lightweight and durable carbon fiber.
Both Kuo and Young base their predictions on sources in Apple’s Chinese supply chain.
However, even if the rumors are for a foldable iPad , the only thing certain is that it will be larger than a conventional iPhone, and it remains to be seen whether Apple ventures in the direction of a true tablet, or will rather try to give an answer for the Galaxy Fold series, the latter of which could easily pass as a compact tablet, if the unfolded screen specs are anything to go by.