Not a completely new topic, but so far only in the form of rumors on the Internet: Apple is supposedly planning a foldable iPhone, which, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, will appear on the global market as early as 2023. Ming-Chi Kuo, who works for the financial services group TF International Securities, is no stranger to details and leaks about Apple products. The analyst has already reported on many iPhone X details in the past, which later turned out to be spot on and looks back on an impressive track record.
Ming-Chi Kuo also claims to have found out that the first generation of smartphones (the iPhone 15?) Should be equipped with an 8-inch OLED screen (larger than the 7.9-inch iPad mini) . In addition, the new iPhones will use silver nanowire for touch technology. That should give the company a long-term competitive advantage over Samsung’s current Y-OCTA (Youm On-Cell Touch AMOLED) technology. According to Kuo, Apple has been experimenting with the silver nanowire for a while in the area of touch technology, most recently it was used in the HomePod and HomePod mini.
The requested capacities of the Californian company should be between 15 and 20 million units. If this information turns out to be correct, it means a huge increase in the mobile market for foldable smartphones. In 2020, only 2.8 million such cell phones were sold in the industry, 80 percent and thus a bear share came from main competitor Samsung.
“Currently, the production of foldable smartphones consists mainly of the integration of smartphones and tablets,” wrote Kuo in his report. “But we believe that the foldable smartphone is just one of the uses of foldable design. We predict that in the future, foldable devices will blur product segmentation between smartphones, tablets and laptops. With its cross-product ecosystems and hardware design advantages, Apple will be the biggest Be the winner of the new trend towards foldable devices. “
Unfortunately, the Kuo report does not address how expensive the planned iPhone could be. It is also unknown which software version is to be used. If you want more information about Apple’s ambitious plans, then throw it take a look at our article on the first major Apple event of the year 2021, which went on the (virtual) stage on April 20th. Finally, we also recommend our detailed one Apple Arcade overview.
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