While Samsung is currently one of the key OEMs making foldable devices, it may have new challengers on the horizon. Both Google and Microsoft are said to be targeting this device category in the near future, and we’ve heard rumors that Apple is almost ready to throw its hat in the ring as well. Now, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said that there is a reasonable possibility that Apple will release a foldable iPad next year.
According to Kuo, the foldable iPad will further diversify Apple’s product mix and boost sales in the iPad segment as well. While the analyst didn’t exactly dive into the details, he noted that the foldable iPad, which was also rumored last year, will feature a carbon fiber kickstand made by Angie Technology.
Kuo’s latest report differs significantly from fellow analyst Ross Young, who previously said that Apple is working on an iPad-MacBook hybrid but that it won’t be released until 2026. Similarly, another well-known journalist, Mark Gorman, said that a foldable iPad will come. “Later in the decade”.
Although Apple was also initially expected to release a foldable iPhone this year, it seems that is not the case anymore. Instead, Kuo expects the foldable iPad to arrive alongside a new iPad mini in 2024. The analyst expects iPad shipments to decline by 10-15 percent this year, but the foldable iPad and iPad mini are expected to increase next year.