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Leaker claims that Apple is testing a 9-inch foldable device, possible iPhone-iPad hybrid won't launch before 2025

Apple's first foldable smartphone could be a 9-inch hybrid which takes a cue from both the iPhone and iPad (Image: MacRumors)
Apple's first foldable smartphone could be a 9-inch hybrid which takes a cue from both the iPhone and iPad (Image: MacRumors)
According to the well-known leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is actively testing a rather large 9-inch foldable device, which could hint at the prioritized development of a possible iPhone-iPad hybrid instead of a more compact smartphone in this new form factor.

It's an open secret that the Cupertino-based iPhone maker is diligently working on its very first folding device. Since its main South Korean competitor Samsung is one of the leaders in this new market segment thanks to its continuously improving Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold lineup, Apple now appears to be conducting more tests regarding its highly-anticipated foldable.

According to a recent tweet by the popular leaker Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is specifically working on a foldable device with a rather large 9-inch screen, which would be significantly bigger than Samsung's comparable Fold smartphones. Kuo suggests that Apple may envision a folding iPhone-iPad hybrid, whose OLED display could feature a pixel density that falls right between the PPI found on its current smartphones and tablets. The according OLED panel may be developed in collaboration with the long-time supplier LG.

Kuo further notes that Apple currently seems to prioritize the development of a medium-sized foldable, which appears plausible in consideration of the purported 9-inch display found in the prototype or test device. Subsequently, the tech behemoth could release an even larger device in this new category, while a smaller folding iPhone supposedly only comes third on Apple's to-do list. However, the leaker also confirms that the release of Apple first product in the foldable segment is still years away as it won't launch before 2025.

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Enrico Frahn, 2022-04- 1 (Update: 2022-04- 1)