Citing new information, Kuo, an analyst for Apple, has lowered his estimate of when the company will release a foldable iPhone. As early as 2024 was predicted last year, this analyst now predicts that the product will be available “at the earliest” in 2025.
DSCC Ross Young reported in February that Apple had likely delayed the release of its foldable iPhone until 2025, which Kuo now confirms. Here is what Young had to say at the time:
After consulting with people in the supply chain, we decided to push back Apple’s expected entry into the foldable smartphone market by two years, to 2025. The company appears to be taking its time entering the foldable smartphone market, and it may even take longer.
Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst, has also revised his forecast, as he noted on Twitter:
In my reports last year, I predicted that Apple would release a foldable iPhone in 2024, but now it’s clear that this prediction needs to be revised. At the earliest, I believe Apple will release a foldable iPad or a hybrid of the iPad and the iPhone in 2025.
Even though this iPhone is foldable, it might adopt a strategy more in line with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold than the Galaxy Z Flip. First, there’s the tablet phone, and then there’s the phone that folds like the old cellphones did.
This revised prediction was tweeted by Kuo after news of a foldable MacBook and iPad appeared on the internet again. According to him, Apple’s “foldable product development” is “medium, large, and small” and the company is currently “testing foldable OLEDs about 9 inches.” To him, the test’s purpose is to “verify key technologies and may not be the final product specification.”
It’s not yet clear if Apple plans to enter the foldable display market, but it is possible. However, this won’t happen until at least 2025, according to analysts.