Rumors of a foldable iPhone have surfaced before, but the new one is more reliable. Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors that Apple plans to release an 8-inch folding iPhone by 2023, according to documents seen by Engadget and an article by MacRumors. The report, based on “industry research”, predicts that Apple plans to sell 15-20 million units in 2023.
Kuo said he had already revealed the possibility of a foldable iPhone in March, but his latest report contained more details about the vendors. QHD + flexible OLED is expected to be supplied by Samsung Display, while the DDI display controller will come from Samsung Foundry. He also notes that Apple will use silver nanowire technology touched by TPK, “because of its several advantages over [Samsung̵
The report is highly speculative, so don’t start saving for iPhone Fold or anything yet. However, other details give it additional credibility. Kuo expects Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Honor to launch new folding models in late 2021 or early 2022, and shipments to grow to 17 million by 2022 if component shortages improve.
If that happens, foldable phones could become “the next innovative point of sale for high-end models,” as Kuo says. In this case, Apple, of course, would like to be ready with its own model. However, if users do not take advantage of the devices, as Kuo predicts, Apple may dismiss the project as a hot rock. In other words, a lot can happen in the next two years.
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