Get set for the Apple iPhone foldable, 8-inches and coming in 2023 says leaker
Ever since the Galaxy Fold hit the market, Apple fans have been divided about whether they would want a foldable iPhone. The Galaxy Fold, of course, had a regrettable launch with build-quality and resilience concerns putting a massive cloud over its launch. Since then, however, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 has launched, putting many of those concerns to bed while the technology also continues to improve. Apple's apparent 2023 timeframe also gives the technology time to further improve.
In his latest research note, acquired by Macrumors, Apple market analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple is targeting 2023 for the launch of its first foldable. It will feature an 8-inch QHD+ flexible OLED panel sourced from Samsung Display, although it will adopt TPK’s silver nanowire touch solution instead of Samsung’s Y-Octa tech. Kuo also believes that a foldable iPhone is the type of device that could trigger another super upgrade cycle.
Apple had been rumored to be exploring two types of foldable designs, one similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 2 and the other to the Galaxy Z Flip. The 8-inch size and resolution suggests that Apple will adopt a Galaxy Z Fold 2 design with the resulting device being able to convert from an iPhone to an iPad. Kuo cautions that Apple hasn’t commenced development of the device, however, if it does proceed, it has settled on the display technology it will use.