Foldable iPad said to be in "intensive development", could launch in late 2024
Apple is on track to launch its foldable iPad as early as 2024 based on DigiTimes' report.
Citing information from supply chain sources, DigiTimes claims Apple is currently working with suppliers on the foldable iPad and the product is said to be "in intensive development".
The design of the foldable iPad is not finalised yet according to these sources as Apple aims to lower manufacturing costs. In addition, Apple is said to be particularly concerned with the display creasing and hope to address it with mechanical design solutions which are simpler to build and easy to mass produce.
Small-scale production is tipped to begin as early as late 2024 with the possibility of Apple announcing the foldable iPad in at the tail end of 2024 or early 2025.
The 2024 launch timeline isshared by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier this year, and analyst firm CCS Insight in October 2022. Kuo says he is "positive about the foldable iPad in 2024" and it should come with a carbon fibre kickstand.
CCS Insight believes the iPad gives Apple the opportunity to experiment with foldable screen technology and revitalise the iPad lineup. Samsung also thinks Apple's first foldable device would be the iPad or Mac.
Apple has been rumoured for several years to be working on foldable devices. As early as 2017, Apple reportedly worked with LG on a foldable iPhone. In the same year, Apple was granted a patent for a foldable display.In 2018, it was granted a second patent for a folding iPhone design with flexible hinge.
Bloomberg reported last year that Apple is considering a dual-screen, foldable MacBook/iPad hybrid. TheElec followed up with a report claiming that LG is working with Apple on foldable OLED screens for the iPad and MacBook.
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