There has been a rise in the popularity of foldable smartphones and even laptops in recent years. At least for now, Apple isn’t in this race. Based on a supply chain report from Nikkei Asia, Apple will transition its two iPad Pro models to OLED displays in early 2024. According to the article, there is no definite timeline for the so-called ‘foldable iPad’.
It also reveals that an OLED MacBook is being developed, but no other details are provided. According to unnamed industry sources, the first Macbook with an OLED display will be released by the ‘second half of 2025.”
Conflicting stories have emerged about the MacBook model slated to be the first to use OLED technology. Apple is actively working on a 13.4-inch OLED display specially designed for the Macbook Air, according to renowned Apple analyst Ross Young. MacBooks will have a better chance of competing with Windows counterparts if Apple adopts OLED displays.
The latest rumors suggest Apple is now focusing on converting its iPad portfolio to OLED, and no specific date has been set for its plans for foldable iPads. Once Apple has transitioned to OLED, they are considering introducing foldable iPads. According to Young, Apple will not release a foldable device before 2025. Apple is also investigating a 20.5-inch foldable notebook, he said.
A common thread suggests that Apple will release a foldable iPad before introducing a foldable iPhone, despite conflicting rumors.
According to several iPhone patents and conceptual designs from third parties, Apple will explore foldable smartphones and tablets in the future. The actual release will inevitably take some time, and there’s good reason for that.
Apple will not release a product until it is certain about it. To make a product available to consumers, it is known that it is tested for many, many years.