Apple could launch a foldable iPad as early as next year, according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He claimed that its release could improve Apple’s product mix and boost shipments. He also anticipates that it will be accompanied by a newly designed iPad Mini, which is also expected to go into mass production in early 2024.
Kuo didn’t provide any new information on the foldable iPad, but mentioned that it will feature a carbon fiber kickstand produced by Chinese component manufacturer Anjie Technology.
This release date is much earlier than the last foldable iPad prediction that Display Supply Chain Consultant analyst Ross Young made. He had reported that Apple was developing a foldable iPad/MacBook hybrid with a 20-inch folding screen, but it wouldn’t be available until 2026.
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Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has also reported that Apple is exploring a dual-screen foldable, with the bottom half of the display functioning as a virtual keyboard when used as a MacBook-style clamshell.
Although Kuo previously predicted a foldable iPhone to be released in 2023, there have been no recent rumors about its development. The foldable iPad is expected to have a screen size ranging from 7.5 to 8 inches, similar to the 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro Max.
In the meantime, Kuo is forecasting a 10 to 15 per cent decrease in iPad shipments year-over-year in 2023, which wouldn’t be surprising given the sales trend in the tech industry during the pandemic.
To wrap up, Kuo believes the iPad Mini is the next iPad to be released, with a new model entering production in Q1 of 2024, following its last redesign in 2021.
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