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Another leak points to a 2023 launch for the first-gen Apple foldable

A foldable iPhone render. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
A foldable iPhone render. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Apple is currently rumored to wait until 2023 to launch its first-ever mobile device with a folding display. A new report from the South Korean media backs this timeline up. It also purports to drop further details about the development of this kind of iPhone - or, possibly, iPhones.

Apple is already projected to launch its first-gen foldable device, most likely a new form of iPhone, in 2023. A new article in Business Korea supports this notion, and proceeds to go further with the latest rumors on this device - or, possibly, devices.

Samsung may have established that the most popular types of foldable phone are the "clamshell" and inward-folding convertible-phablet form-factors. The media outlet now asserts that Apple is planning to make both types, thereby producing rivals for both the Galaxy Z Flips and Folds of the world.

Of these, the former Apple version is now touted as being the first to launch. Business Korea now also claims the Cupertino giant is collaborating with LG for its take on the folding display, thereby contradicting earlier tips that it would engage Samsung for the same purpose.

This co-developed display is now said to be markedly thin, yet to be 7.5 inches in diagonal length. Despite this alleged looming threat to Samsung's dominance of the market, that South Korean OEM may not have that much to worry about on the first-gen foldable iPhone's launch. The latest analysis from the Display Supply Chain Consortium (DSCC) indicates that its emergence will push Samsung's share no lower than 75%.

This latest leak still fails to offer any hints as to any additional specs for Apple's hypothetical first-gen folding display that might make or break its appeal on launch. About 3 years of market-ready foldables tells us they include its quality, refresh rate and crease-resistance, not to mention its durability.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-09-19 (Update: 2021-09-19)