Apple is working on making new kinds of iPhones and iPads that can fold. They’re making two foldable iPhones and a foldable iPad. This is because they want to make their devices interesting again, as the sales of iPhones have not been growing much.
However, making these foldable devices is not easy. Apple wants to make a foldable iPhone that has a screen on the outside too, but it’s hard to do without breaking. They also want to keep the foldable devices as thin as the iPhones we have now, but it’s difficult because the battery and screen make the device thicker. So, we might have to wait a while before we see these foldable devices in stores.
Launch Date Speculations
According to a report by the Information, Apple has been working for more than five years on making iPhones that can fold, and now they have two different designs they’re testing. These new iPhones will fold in half like the Samsung Galaxy Flip phones. People are guessing that these foldable iPhones might be ready to launch by 2026 if everything goes well and they’re ready sooner than expected.
Apple has talked to a company in Asia to get parts for iPhones that can fold and come in different sizes. This means Apple is thinking about making more than one type of foldable iPhone.
Working on a Foldable iPad
Apple is working on a new type of iPhone and iPad that can fold. The folding iPad might be as small as the iPad mini, which has an 8-inch screen. They are trying to make the fold in the middle less obvious and are designing a special hinge.
This hinge will let the iPad open up completely flat. It’s not clear if Apple will stop making the iPad mini to focus on this new folding iPad. This could happen because the iPad mini doesn’t make a lot of money for Apple. Also, there’s news that a new iPad Pro with an OLED screen is expected to come out in April 2024. This shows that Apple has big plans for its tablets.
Apple’s Plans for Foldable Devices
Apple hasn’t made an iPhone that can fold yet, even though other companies like Samsung already sell phones that can. Foldable phones can bend shut and then open up to show a bigger screen, which regular phones can’t do. But, not many people have foldable phones yet, they’re still pretty new and special.
Some experts think Apple will make something that can fold, but it probably won’t be an iPhone. A company called CCS Insight guessed two years ago that Apple would make an iPad with a screen that folds in 2024.
Last year, Apple got special permission (patent) for a new kind of technology. This technology lets people use more parts of a device, not just the screen, to do things. People said Apple was making an iPhone that could fold, but they stopped working on it in 2020. Now, Apple is working on it again.
But, Apple might decide not to make a foldable iPhone if it doesn’t do something new and different that regular iPhones can’t do. Stay tuned as we look to bring the latest on what is happening at Apple and its expected foldable devices.