Apple should also soon give in to the sirens of the folding smartphone . A smartphone that should be introduced in 2023 according to Ming-Chi Kuo. Explanations.
Ming-Chi Kuo, like all analysts, regularly publishes notes to investors. These allow them to take a step back on the market and, above all, to anticipate any strategic movements that could take place in the years to come.
In his latest note, a note obtained by 9to5Mac , the analyst returns to the very first folding iPhone.
A folding iPhone expected in 2023
This information should of course be taken with caution, but Kuo expects Apple's very first folding smartphone to be launched in 2023, or within two years. A date that had already been mentioned in previous reports.
It does not stop there, however. The analyst also thinks that the firm will pass between 15 and 20 million units in the first year of its marketing. Figures that impress. However, within two years, the folding smartphone market should be more mature than it is today. Huawei, Samsung, Motorola and Royole have indeed paved the way and these devices are increasingly popular with consumers.
Unsurprisingly, the screen of this smartphone should come from Samsung. The Korean brand has indeed a great expertise in the matter and Apple is not used to getting supplies anywhere.
Between 15 and 20 million units in the first year and a display provided by Samsung
The report ends there. However, according to previous reports, the folding iPhone's interior screen should be between 7.5 and 8 inches . For now, however, we do not know anything about its design or its functions, which is hardly surprising. Two years is a long time.
Ming-Chi Kuo also mentions in his report a hybrid product, capable of acting as a phone and a tablet. An interesting detail when we know that the Apple brand has just split iOS into two distinct platforms: iOS for the iPhone and iPadOS for the iPad. We can therefore wonder about the platform that will be on board this product … as well as its chip.
Unlike standard iPhones and iPads, the iPad Pro has the particularity of being powered by an M1 chip, and therefore an Ax chip. The question that arises is therefore whether the same will apply to this folding smartphone.