Foldable iPhone coming in 2025 at the earliest, could actually be an iPad or a tablet/phone hybrid

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revises his prediction on when Apple might launch a foldable iPhone. After saying last year that it could be as soon as 2024, the analyst expects this rumored product to come out in 2025 “at the earliest”.

Kuo corroborates a February report from DSCC Ross Young that Apple had likely delayed its foldable iPhone until 2025. Here’s what Young wrote at the time:

We have delayed our expectations for Apple’s entry into the foldable smartphone market by two years to 2025 after discussions with our supply chain contacts. The company doesn’t seem to be in a rush to enter the foldable smartphone market, and it may even take longer than that.

Now, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also revised his prediction in a Posting on Twitter:

I expected Apple to launch a foldable iPhone as early as 2024 in my reports last year, but it’s now clear that that prediction needs to be revised. I predict that Apple could launch its first foldable product in 2025 at the earliest, which could be a foldable iPad or a hybrid of iPad and iPhone.

That said, this foldable iPhone could take a similar approach to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold instead of the Galaxy Z Flip. The first is a phone that turns into a tablet, while the second is a phone that folds like old cell phones did.

Kuo tweeted this revised prediction after news of a foldable MacBook/iPad started surfacing the web again. He says that “Apple’s foldable product development is medium, large, and small” and that the company is “testing foldable OLEDs around 9 inches.” According to him, the test is to “verify key technologies and may not be the final product specification”.

It’s still unclear if Apple will eventually enter the foldable screen market. But if analysts predict correctly, it won’t happen until at least 2025.

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