Apple: The first was Samsung with its Galaxy Fold, then Huawei followed with the Mate X. Currently, there is a small market for terminals with flexible screens, although they have not yet been openly adopted by the general public – especially for questions such as the very high prices of each model. But there’s still one company that hasn’t commented on the matter, said anything, and seems to be taking note of everything.
we talk about Apple, which while it was the first to announce it was working on the idea of folding panels, it looks like it will be the last to show us what it’s preparing. Because after so many leaks and patent leaks it is clear that: Apple is preparing something.
In September 2020, information came out that Samsung had supplied foldable display samples to: Apple to test them for future folding devices. A few months later, as early as January of this year, the Bloomberg site pointed out that Apple had started work on a foldable iPhone, but that development did not go beyond the screen. We jump to the month of May with Apple analyst expert Ming-Chi Kuo, who pointed out that the people of Cupertino were planning to launch a foldable iPhone with a flexible 8-inch OLED screen by 2023.
But since then, rumors of a foldable iPhone have been silenced in recent months. Going forward, Kuo believes flexible smartphones will become a “must-have” for all major smartphone brands, and Samsung has at least been working on perfecting its flexible mobile display options. In the same 2021, Samsung presented the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3, the third iteration of its foldable terminals.
Flexible iPad in 2023 – 2024
Display analyst expert Ross Young published an analysis on the future of various types of panels on the Display Supply Chain site, including flexible displays. And about Apple he made the following comment on this subject: “Timing for the Apple OLED and flexible iPad and MacBook: it is not expected until 2023 at the earliest, more possible before 2024″.
Kuo has previously said that Apple will have to solve “major technology and mass production problems” to launch a foldable iPhone in 2023, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the technology were delayed until 2024. Apple chooses to release a Foldable smartphone in 2023 or 2024, it will have to compete with Samsung, a company that now has several years of experience with foldable devices and will gain the upper hand.