Almost everything told by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo turns into reality. That’s why we attentively follow him and take into consideration everything he says. Recently, he said that Apple may release a foldable iPad as early as 2024. At the same time, the Cupertino-based company will unleash an updated iPad Mini.
Anjie Technology will be the new beneficiary of the all-new design foldable iPad. There may be no new iPad releases in the next 9-12 months as the iPad mini refresh is more likely to begin mass production in 1Q24.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) January 30, 2023
The foldable iPad is said to come with a “carbon fiber stand.” It should be developed by the Chinese component manufacturer Anjie Technology. As you guess, we are talking about some kind of footstool for working in PC mode.
This is not the first time that Kuo has called the release date of a foldable device from Apple. Two years ago, he reported that the company was preparing for the release of such a gadget in 2023. But it seems that at that time, he was talking about a folding screen smartphone because he wrote about a screen with a diagonal of around 7.5-8 inches.
In February of last year, another well-known insider, Ross Young, wrote that Apple is developing a folding hybrid iPad and MacBook with a 20-inch screen. And according to his information, the gadget will be ready no earlier than 2026.
Have heard about a 20.5” foldable notebook for 2025, but nothing about a foldable iPad for 2024. Maybe this is just good PR for the hinge company…
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) January 31, 2023
Later, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg talked about a device with two screens from Apple. The latter should have a lower screen serving as a keyboard. He also did not talk about the exact release date.
In fact, rumors about either foldable iPad or foldable iPhone have been the talk of the town for many years. Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, and other major smartphone makers have already released several generations of their folding screen handsets. But Apple still hesitates to bring its own model. On the other hand, we are sure that whenever it appears on the shelves, Apple fans will think that it’s an innovation and that no other brand has such a product.