In a not so surprising move, it looks like Apple will be launching a foldable iPhone around 2023. This insider info comes straight from Ming-Chi Kuo, the mysterious analyst that seems to be on top of everything that Apple does for a few years now.
Based on our latest industry survey, we forecast that Apple will likely launch a foldable iPhone with an 8-inch QHD+ flexible OLED display in 2023, with SDC as the exclusive display supplier and Samsung Foundry as the exclusive DDI foundry provider. Based on Apple’s requested capacity plan, we predict that the foldable iPhone shipments will reach 15-20 million units in 2023. We expect that the foldable iPhone will adopt TPK’s silver nanowire touch solution because of its several advantages over SDC’s Y-Octa technology.
Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Never mind the fact that other brands, such as Samsung, have come with foldable phones already in 2019 and even earlier. Apple always does the same: they wait, learn, and bring out their version that has a killer feature sure to capture the attention (and money) of millions.
One of the things Apple will want to get absolutely spot-on is the screen’s quality and durability, the weak point in other foldable. It’s in the nature of the beast: a foldable screen is by definition a flexible screen and thus much frailer than a fixed glass screen.
But 2023? That’s a long way ahead, and who knows how far Samsung and other brands will be with their foldable tech by then. Apple will need to come with real innovation in the field to capture the attention, and to catch up to the competition.
Samsung will surely take notice of this and make sure they have an answer ready. And they have the advantage of real-life experience of having a foldable phone line on the market for a few years, which gave them such a treasure of information that allowed them to drastically improve on their flagship, the Galaxy Z Fold2
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