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Apple to Launch Two Foldable Devices by 2026, According to Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo

by Aiman MaulanaMay 29, 2024
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In a groundbreaking revelation, esteemed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared insights into Apple’s plans for future hybrid foldable devices. According to Kuo, Apple is gearing up to release not one, but possibly two foldable devices in the first half of 2026.

Two Foldable Apple Devices in the Works

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The recent rumors align closely with Kuo’s predictions, suggesting that Apple may unveil a foldable tablet-like device by late 2025 or early 2026. These devices are expected to come in two form factors: a 20.25-inch model that folds down to 14-15 inches and an 18.8-inch model that folds down to 13-14 inches.

Supply chain insights indicate that LG will be the exclusive supplier of the foldable panels, which are anticipated to be crease-less, a feature that will drive up costs. The panels alone are estimated to cost between $600 and $650, while the accompanying high-cost hinges, supplied by Amphenol, are expected to cost between $200 and $250. These hinges are designed to ensure durability and smooth folding mechanisms.

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Both foldable devices will be powered by Apple’s in-house M5 series chip, promising exceptional performance and efficiency. Ming-Chi Kuo provides a tentative estimate of the overall cost for these foldable devices. If initial projections hold true, Apple’s first foldable could launch at a price point similar to the current Vision Pro, which starts at $3,499. Despite the high price, shipments are expected to surpass those of the Vision Pro, with projections suggesting around 1 million units.

Apple’s venture into the foldable device market signifies a bold step towards innovation and advanced technology. With top-tier components and cutting-edge design, these foldables are poised to redefine user experience and set new standards in the industry.

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Pokdepinion: To me, it makes more sense to have a foldable iPad rather than an iPhone as more people would prefer the latter being compact whereas for a tablet, it would be great if we had more screen real estate. It would certainly boost the value of the iPad, especially if we’re looking towards Pro models.

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