Back in March, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple was working on its first foldable iPhone, which should be introduced in 2023. In a new note for the investor, shared on Monday, received by 9 to 5MacKuo is fueling rumors of a foldable iPhone, now saying the company expects to ship up to 20 million units of this model in its first year of sales.
Based on sources, Kuo says Apple expects to ship between $ 15 million and $ 20 million from the foldable iPhone in 2023. The company is likely to work with Samsung as the exclusive supplier of foldable OLED displays for the new iPhone model, whose design and specifications remain unknown.
In a previous report on the first foldable iPhone, the analyst predicted that the device would have a screen between 7.5 and 8 inches, and now he has stepped up that Apple will adopt an 8-inch foldable display. Although Samsung is currently at the forefront of the foldable market, Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will have an advantage with the first foldable iPhone due to its strong “ecosystem of different products.”
Currently, the product position of folding smartphones is mainly for the integration of smartphone and tablet. But we believe that the foldable smartphone is just one of the applications of the foldable design. We anticipate that foldable devices will blur product segments between smartphones, tablets and laptops in the future. With its ecosystems and hardware design advantages, Apple will be the biggest winner in the new folding device trend.
These 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 unveiled their own solutions. Still, we don’t know if the device will be more similar to the Galaxy Z Fold or Galaxy Z Flip – or even if it has a completely different design from the current folding phones.
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