TF Securities expert, Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple is testing a new color “electronic paper display” technology for future foldable devices, presumably for foldable iPhone, iPad, and MacBook models.
Previously, Kuo claimed that the tech giant was testing a 9-inch foldable iPhone with an OLED display expected to launch in 2025 or beyond. And prior to that, he had reported that an 8-inch foldable iPhone would launch by 2023.
It is also reported that the company is working on a foldable 20-inch MacBook/iPad hybrid that would feature a touchscreen keyboard.
Chinese company E Ink will provide Electronic Paper Display to Apple for future foldable devices
In January this year, leaker Dylan reported that Apple is working on multiple foldable iPhone prototypes and there were “compromises in foldable technology”. The company was aware of the shortcoming of the foldable devices, it was developing the third-party foldable smartphones available in the market, like the creases on the display near the folding hinge. Now, Apple has a solution.
In his latest tweet, Kuo wrote that Chinese manufacturer ‘E Ink’ will ship color electronic paper displays which will be the solution for future foldable devices.
Apple is testing E Ink’s Electronic Paper Display (EPD) for future foldable device’s cover screen & tablet-like applications. The color EPD has the potential to become a mainstream solution for foldable devices’ must-have cover/second screen thanks to its excellent power-saving.
Recently, The Elec reported that the tech giant has begun production of thinner OLED panels without polarizers which are suitable for foldable devices, currently used in Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Manufactured by Samsung Display, the new display tech is used in Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 which uses a printed color filter on a thin film encapsulation (CF) instead of a polarizer film to offer vivid colors through the color filter. It can be assumed that Apple might launch a foldable iPhone with the new display technology.
These reports corroborate that the company is actively developing foldable devices.