In the latest report on new foldable and rollable devices, Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young states that Apple has delayed the launch of its foldable iPhone until 2025 and is exploring a 20-inch all-screen foldable MacBook.
To improve consumers watching and multitasking experiences on smartphones, companies like Samsung, Oppo, Huawei, and Xiaomi have introduced foldable smartphones which offer more screen real estate. However, the current foldable smartphones come with their own problems like the obvious bends in the screens, lack of software optimization to run apps in different orientations, chunkier and heavier designs, and more.
Apple does not want to be the first to introduce a new product, it strives to offer the best version of a technology. Thus, the tech giant has reportedly planned to delay its foldable iPhone.
Apple plans to expand the foldable design to future iPhone and MacBook models
Previously, it was reported that the tech giant is working on multiple foldable iPhone prototypes while being aware of the technology’s shortcoming and it is expected to launch by 2023 or 2024 with an 8-inch display. However, the tech giant is in no hurry to launch it in the next few years.
In addition to information on the foldable iPhone’s delay, the report also mentions that Apple is exploring a 20-inch foldable MacBook with an all-screen design for dual-use purposes, like a notebook and monitor. The expected launch time of the foldable MacBook is beyond 2025, 2026-2027 and is considered “good news for the foldable space”.
Young said that this device could form a new product category for Apple and result in a dual-use product, with it able to work as a notebook with a full-size on-screen keyboard when folded and as a monitor when unfolded and used with an external keyboard. The foldable could also allow for 4K resolutions or higher at the size Apple is investigating, Young added.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent for redesigned MacBook to replace the notebook’s metal casing with glass or ceramic with microperforated technology to offer a virtual keyboard.