CCS Insight, which has most of the tech giants on its customer list, has predicted that a foldable iPhone won’t launch until 2025 and will cost around $ 2,500. He says Apple will be launching a foldable iPad for the first time, and that we can expect that device in 2024.
This is broadly consistent with previous reports from display analyst Ross Young and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, with CSS stating that using the iPhone first would be too risky …
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Apple has so far taken its usual approach to cutting edge technology: sit back and watch, let other companies make mistakes, and only throw when it feels it can create something significantly better than its rivals.
Samsung has already demonstrated the enormous risk of jumping too soon, with the launch of the first Galaxy Fold model turning out to be a complete disaster. Although pre-orders went well, it was only 48 hours before major issues were found when reviewers tested the device. Samsung initially said it was delaying the launch until May before canceling pre-orders. The company then talked about a launch in July, before canceling that too.
The phone eventually launched, but the reputational damage was substantial and our sister site 9to5Google found that the biggest flaw is still present in the latest version, the Galaxy Z Fold 4:
Samsung hasn’t made changes where it counts. The biggest glaring flaw I personally still have with the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s durability is dust resistance – there simply isn’t any. There are brushes in the hinge that are supposed to keep dust out, but on my Fold 3 it didn’t work particularly well. The dust slipped during my first two months of use and got stuck in the hinge for the rest of the year, and is still there to this day, causing a small bump in the display […]
Even now, a few days after the arrival of the Fold 4 on the doorstep, the problem of the crack fold has already emerged.
Display analyst Ross Young said earlier this year that there was no job supply chain indication on a foldable iPhone and now he wasn’t expecting one before 2025. This was later argued by Ming -Chi Kuo, who also suggested that the first device could be a foldable iPad.
What is an iPhone? What is an iPad? What is a Mac?
One of the key questions about Apple’s folding plans is which of the two approaches the company will take.
The first is the equivalent of the Fold: an iPhone that opens in an iPad. The second would be like the Motorola Razr: a big iPhone that folds into a small iPhone. Most seem to expect the first approach.
But, just as Apple suggests that the iPad raises the question “What is a computer?”, So the Fold approach raises similar questions. Is such a device an iPhone that opens into an iPad or an iPad that folds into an iPhone?
Folders could also blur the line between iPad and Mac even further, as seen in the Luna Display concept above.
Foldable iPad Prediction
But what CSS predicts is actually a modest-sized iPad that unfolds into a big one. He says Apple will take this approach to avoid the risk of a Samsung-style disaster with its flagship product. CNBC relationships:
“Right now it doesn’t make sense for Apple to make a foldable iPhone. We think they will avoid this trend and likely put a foot in the water with a foldable iPad, ”Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight, told CNBC in an interview.
“A foldable iPhone will be at very high risk […] If Apple had technical problems with the foldable phone, it would be a “food frenzy” with critics attacking Apple for the problems.
The company makes a less convincing argument that Apple would be concerned about a foldable device cannibalizing other sales.
There is a clear risk that consumers will decide they need only one device instead of two, but that’s already the case. Large iPhones no doubt take business from the iPad mini, and the iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard costs the company some MacBook sales likewise. But Apple has always said that if it isn’t willing to cannibalize its products, someone else will.
The company also suggests that an eventual foldable iPhone will be vastly more expensive than even the high-end Pro Max models, with a price tag of $ 2,500.
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