Yes, you read it right! Apple is rumored to do “the most Un-Apple thing”.
The Cupertino tech giant is said to be in the works of releasing a foldable iPad in the near future. According to the supply chain analyst Ming-Chin Kuo, Apple is said to be working on a foldable iPad which will be joined by a revamped iPad Mini, due to enter mass production in early 2024. Apple recently launched the new MacBook Pro, and a new Mac mini with powerful M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets.
Thus, I'm taking a cautious approach to iPad shipments for 2023, predicting a YoY decline of 10-15%. Nevertheless, I'm positive about the foldable iPad in 2024 and expect this new model will boost shipments and improve the product mix.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) January 30, 2023
Kuo has expressed his positive outlook on the foldable iPad and believes that its release will greatly improve the product mix and boost Apple’s overall shipments. This foldable iPad has been the subject of many rumours and speculation in recent years. If the foldable iPad does make its way to the market as early as next year, it will be a major milestone for Apple and could greatly disrupt the tablet market. On the flip side, this year at
CES we saw Samsung showcasing their next generation foldable and even rollable displays.
While Kuo, who didn’t offer many additional details, he anticipated the foldable iPad will reportedly have a “carbon fiber” kickstand. The last significant rumour regarding foldable iPad was by Supply Chain Consultant Ross Young last year. According to him, Apple is working on a foldable iPad/MacBook hybrid with a roughly 20-inch folding screen, but he predicted that it won’t be ready for sale until 2026.
Finally, Kuo expects the next iPad that Apple releases to be the iPad Mini. He thinks a new model will enter production in the first quarter of 2024, succeeding its last refresh in 2021. However, all of these are just rumors but Kuo has had a very good record when it comes to Apple rumors.
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