In March, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple was working on its first foldable iPhone which is due to be introduced in 2023. In a new investor note shared on Monday obtained by alnoffer, Kuo bolsters rumors of a foldable iPhone, now claiming that the company plans to ship up to 20 million units of this model in its first year of sale.
Based on sources, Kuo says Apple plans to ship between 15 and 20 million foldable iPhones in 2023. The company will likely work with Samsung as the exclusive supplier of foldable OLED displays for the new iPhone model. , whose design and specifications remain unknown. .
In his previous report on the first foldable iPhone, the analyst predicted that the device will have a screen between 7.5 and 8 inches, and now he has confirmed that Apple will adopt an 8-inch foldable screen. Although Samsung currently leads the foldable market, Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will have an advantage with the first foldable iPhone because of its strong “multi-product ecosystem”.
At present, the product position of foldable smartphones is mainly to integrate the smartphone and the tablet. But we believe that the foldable smartphone is just one of the applications of the foldable design. We predict that foldable devices will blur product segmentations between smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the future. With its multi-product ecosystems and hardware design advantages, Apple will be the biggest winner in the new foldable device trend.
Those plans, of course, may change by 2023, but it seems plausible that Apple is at least considering launching a foldable iPhone, as other phone makers have already introduced their own solutions. Still, we don’t know if the device will be more similar to the Galaxy Z Fold or the Galaxy Z Flip – or even if it will have a completely different design than current foldable phones.