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The folding iPhone / iPad: Apple would work on a 9-inch screen

Gradually, devices with foldable screens finally interest the general public. In 2021, Samsung saw its folding smartphone shipments multiply by 4. And normally, this year, the Korean giant should sell even more.

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In addition, technology is of interest to more and more companies. Xiaomi and Oppo have already released their first folding smartphones in China. And Google is also rumored to release a folding device, called the Pixel Notepad, before the end of the year.

Foldable screens: Apple would work with LG

On the other hand, it seems that Apple is in no hurry to adopt this technology. Nevertheless, she is obviously interested in it. In an article published a few days ago, The Elec site published an article indicating that LG would work with Apple to develop a foldable OLED display that could be used by tablets or notebooks, and which would have an ultra-thin glass coating.

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Note that this is not the first time that rumors have circulated about Apple’s plans for foldable screens. Commenting on the information published by The Elec, Ming Chi Kuo indicates that the Cupertino company is “actively” testing a foldable 9-inch OLED screen that could be used on a hybrid device between the iPhone and the iPad.

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However, for the moment, these tests would only serve to verify certain aspects of the technology. Also, the characteristics mentioned may not correspond to those that the final products will have.

No Apple product with foldable screen before 2025?

Besides, Kuo doesn’t expect Apple to launch a foldable screen device anytime soon. In another tweet, the analyst reviews a previous prediction.

“I expected Apple to launch a foldable iPhone as soon as 2024 in my reports last year, but it’s now clear that this prediction needs to be revised. I predict that Apple could launch its first foldable product in 2025 at the earliest, which could be a foldable iPad or a hybrid of iPad and iPhone”he wrote.

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But while Kuo is talking about a folding iPhone or iPad, other sources believe Apple could also use foldable screens for computers. A month ago, the 9to5Mac site relayed a prediction by analyst Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants.

Like Kuo, he thinks that Apple is in no hurry and that its first product with a folding screen will not be released until 2025. Nevertheless, Young thinks that the firm is also working on a MacBook with a folding screen, with a diagonal of 20 inches.

Moreover, Ross Young’s information is corroborated by Mark Gurman, Bloomberg journalist (and one of the main sources of leaks on future Apple products). Gurman had indicated that the product under development at Apple would be quite similar to the folding PC that is marketed by Lenovo.

The journalist added that the first folding MacBook could be released around the same time as Apple’s augmented reality glasses, as well as its first electric vehicle.

 

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