According to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple may be on schedule to introduce a foldable iPad as early as next year.
He tweeted early on Monday, “I’m positive about the foldable iPad in 2024 and anticipate this new model will raise shipments and improve the product mix.” Kuo anticipates that the updated iPad Mini, which is scheduled to begin mass production in early 2024, will join it.
The anticipated iPad foldable will reportedly have a “carbon fiber” kickstand made by the Chinese component company Anjie Technology, according to Kuo, who didn’t provide many other specifics.
The latest significant foldable iPad release forecast, made by Display Supply Chain Consultant analyst Ross Young in February of last year, was much later than the 2024 release date. According to him, Apple is working on a foldable iPad/MacBook hybrid with a roughly 20-inch folding screen, but he predicted that it won’t be available for sale until 2026.
Later, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman stated that Apple had been investigating a dual-screen foldable, and he added that when the gadget is used as a MacBook-style clamshell, the bottom half of the display would function as a virtual keyboard.
Although Gurman did not provide a specific release date forecast, he did say in October that Apple’s foldable iPad would debut “later in the decade.”