Apple has its eye on a folding iPad, according to a new report coming out of Asia. This might be the flexible tablet that a reliable tipster predicted was coming in 2024.
Or it could only be a sign that Apple is simply doing basic research on this policy category.
Folding iPad is at least possible
Handsets with foldable displays are an established product category. The fifth generation of Samsung’s folding-screen Androids are expected to be unveiled on Wednesday, for example. But this is a niche product, capturing less than 1% of the work smartphone market.
Apple hasn’t yet introduced anything with a foldable screen. But Digitimes said Tuesday that “Apple, who is rumored to have been working on foldable smartphones for several years, reportedly is considering extending the effort to the tablet sector.”
No additional details on the rumored device are available.
However, this is hardly the first such report. In fact, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in January that a folding iPad will launch in 2024. And a report from April 2022 claimed Apple teamed up with LG Display to build foldable iPads and MacBooks.
Digitimes has sources in the companies that supply Apple with components for its products, so its new report is a strong indication that Apple is at least looking into the possibility of a foldable tablet.
But that almost goes without saying. The Mac-maker would be remiss if it wasn’t exploring a wide range oof possible changes to all its products. But basic research is very different from product development.