Don't Wait for a Foldable iPhone 16
Apple might be working on a foldable version of the iPhone, but it sounds like the device won't be ready until 2025. At the earliest.
We've seen patents hint at a foldable iPhone but this doesn't confirm anything. One patent reveals plans for a protective layer that will help prevent cracking on foldable displays.
A report from Bloomberg states that while Apple "has developed prototype foldable screens for internal testing" the company "hasn’t solidified plans to actually launch a foldable iPhone." In other words, a launch is a long way out.
As for analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, he believes "Apple may launch its first foldable product in 2025 at the earliest, which may be a foldable iPad or a hybrid of iPad & iPhone."
Kuo says Apple is currently testing Chinese company E Ink's Electronic Paper Display (EPD) for "future foldable device's cover screen & tablet-like applications."
He thinks Apple will launch a foldable iPad in 2024 ahead of a foldable iPhone. Kuo says the device will feature a carbon fiber kickstand. This has been disputed by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and analyst Ross Young.
Young once said a foldable iPhone wasn't "expected until 2023 at the earliest" with 2024 more likely. Young has followed this up with a new report that suggests the foldable iPhone has been delayed until 2025.
So at this point you should operate on the assumption that Apple's foldable iPhone will miss 2023 and probably 2024 as well.
Samsung's reportedly confirmed Apple's plans to release a 20-inch foldable product in conjunction with Samsung and LG Display.
The device obviously isn't an iPhone, but a hybrid tablet-notebook. And it looks like it won't be coming out in 2024 which lines up with what we've heard about Apple's plans for foldable products.
If a foldable device interests you, you should check out Samsung's Galaxy Z series. You can learn more about Samsung's foldable devices in the video above.
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