It’s pretty amazing to think that it took Samsung less than three years to go from struggling to ship a single functional foldable device to sell enough Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G units for the handset to overtake the iPhone 13 and lead the latest popularity chart in Korea.
But while Samsung already takes foldables so seriously that the Galaxy Note series essentially had to die for the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 to get better distribution and promotion, Apple continues to play the long game, waiting for the right time to s tackle this problem. class of fashionable products rather than rushing to follow the big rival’s suit, such as so many other companies seem make.
LG could create a foldable iPad…eventually
Although Samsung has been a reliable Apple partner and key supplier of iPhone displays since, well, essentially the creation of the now hugely popular iOS family of handsets, LG is likely to step in and take the place of its domestic rival for Cupertino’s first foldable project.
This foldable iPad has been designed by LetsGoDigital since 2019.
In a nutshell, all we “know” at this time is that LG is working closely with Apple will develop a foldable OLED panel designed for “tablets and laptops with ultra-thin glass as the cover window instead of polyimide.”
Based on this unsurprisingly vague description, it’s obviously impossible to say whether Apple plans to use said LG-made panel for an iPad or a foldable MacBook first, but luckily that’s where the featured analyst Ming-Chi Kuo enters
anticipating a “medium” size comes before a “large” product, which in turn beats a “small” size in Apple’s foldable development “priority order”.
In other words, a foldable iPad will likely come out first, followed by a foldable MacBook, and finally a foldable iPhone of some sort.
No movement before 2025 “at the earliest”
Remember when we dreamed of seeing the first Foldable iPhone released in 2023? Sadly, that’s almost certainly not going to happen, and even Kuo’s previous prediction of a 2024 launch has been postponed to next year
and revised to cover a foldable iPad or some sort of foldable hybrid between an iPhone and an iPad rather than a simple, easily foldable foldable iPhone.
Worse yet, 2025 is apparently the new best-case scenario for either of these products to become a reality, which means we may have to wait until 2026 and 2027 (!!!) for the first foldable MacBook and the foldable iPhone respectively.
This foldable iPhone concept made by @technizoconcept and LetsGoDigital dates from 2021.
Again, the The Galaxy Z Fold family includes devices that could probably be best described as a cross between a conventional phone and a tablet, so if Apple manages to bring something like this to market in 2025, it might not be too late to threaten. Samsung’s category supremacy.
Right now, Apple is said to be “actively testing” a roughly 9-inch foldable OLED display with a PPI (pixel per inch) density somewhere between iPhones and iPads, but it’s clearly too early to take those details. for granted, so if you’re not excited about the prospect of such a huge foldable phone/tablet hybrid, there’s still plenty of time for everything to change.