Is Apple already planning its future products with foldable screens? According to a recent article published on website The Elec, it is.
According to the sources of this Korean media, Apple has actually started working on a new type of OLED panel: panels without polarizer. As The Elec explains, this component improves the “visibility” of the screen.
Apple would therefore be working on an alternative technology that would be better suited to foldable screens. In any case, the Cupertino company could develop a system similar to that used by Samsung in the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
At the moment this information should be treated with caution as it comes from an unofficial source. However, this rumor signals that Apple may finally be interested in foldable displays.
In fact, the company doesn’t officially seem too enthusiastic about this technology. But at this time, Samsung, on the contrary, is in full swing.
The Korean giant and Apple’s number one competitor in smartphones started selling foldable smartphones in 2019. And today, finally, his models are of interest to the general public.
In late 2021, Samsung announced that it will have seen its foldable smartphone shipments quadruple compared to 2020 thanks to the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. And Samsung believes the size of that market will increase tenfold by 2023.
No foldable iPhone before 2025?
Unfortunately, Apple’s first foldable screen device wouldn’t be around for very long. At least that’s what the generally well-informed analyst Ming Chi Kuo recently suggested.
While predicting a 2024 release of the foldable iPhone, he revised his predictions in April.
“I was expecting Apple to launch a foldable iPhone as early as 2024 in my reports last year, but it’s now clear that that prediction needs to be revised. My guess is that 2025 at the earliest Apple could launch its first foldable product, which could be a foldable iPad or a mix of iPad and iPhone.”he wrote in a publication.
Ross Young, another analyst, agrees. “Following discussions with our supply chain contacts, we have pushed back our expectations for Apple’s entry into the foldable smartphone market by two years to 2025. The company appears to be in no rush to enter the foldable smartphone market, and it may even take longer.”he explained in February.
By: Keleops AG