Apple to launch a foldable iPad rather than iPhone in 2024, analyst predicts

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  • Analyst firm CCS Insight said on Tuesday that Apple will launch an iPad with a folding screen in 2024.
  • CCS Insight said the foldable iPad is likely to precede the folding iPhone, bucking the trend of consumer electronics companies launching folding screen smartphones.
  • The analyst firm also predicts that Apple is likely to integrate its own 5G modem into a range of processors for a “single-chip” solution for iPhones in 2025.

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Apple An iPad with a folding screen is likely to be launched in 2024, analyst firm CCS Insight said on Tuesday, predicting that the US tech giant will start experimenting with foldable technology soon.

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CCS Insight published its annual forecast report on Tuesday in which group analysts make forecasts about future products and trends.

In the latest report, CCS Insight predicted that Apple will launch a foldable iPad in two years’ time instead of starting with a foldable iPhone.

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This is in contrast to other smartphone makers like Samsung which have launched foldable smartphones instead of tablets.

“It doesn’t make sense for Apple to make a foldable iPhone at the moment. We think they’ll give up on that trend and maybe plunge into the water with a foldable iPad,” Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight, told CNBC. in an interview.

“A folding iPhone would be a super high risk for Apple. First, it would have to be incredibly expensive to not cannibalize the current iPhone,” Wood said.

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The analyst said a foldable iPhone could cost around $2,500. Apple’s iPhone 14 Pro Max with the largest storage costs around $1,599.

Wood also said that if there were any technical problems with Apple’s foldable phone, it would be a “feeding frenzy,” with critics attacking Apple for the problems.

Still, Apple “has no choice but to respond as the trend toward foldables picks up,” Wood said, so the company will start with an iPad.

He said it would give Apple an opportunity to learn how to apply foldable screen technology as well as “breathe new life” to the iPad range.

Apple was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.

A variety of things have emerged about Apple’s intentions with foldable screen products. Earlier this year, market research firm Display Supply Chain Consultants Told Apple is unlikely to enter the foldable smartphone market until 2025 at the earliest. However, the company said that Apple is exploring foldable technology for about 20-inch displays. The market research company said it may be focused on a new foldable notebook product.

Predictions about a foldable iPhone have been around for at least four years. Last year, TF International Securities’s Ming-Chi Kuo, a leading Apple analyst known for his credible predictions, said the company could release an iPhone with a foldable screen in 2024.

Apple will combine 5G and processors in a chip

CCS Insight also predicts that Apple will continue to invest in its own chip design.

Currently, the Cupertino giant designs its own custom chips for the iPhone and iPad. It Depends on the US Chipmaker Qualcomm For modems that allow these devices to connect to mobile Internet networks for 5G connectivity.

However, CCS Insight said that Apple is likely to integrate its 5G modem into a range of processors for a “single-chip” solution for iPhones in 2025.

Apple acquired Intel’s modem business in 2019. This led to speculation that the tech giant would very quickly abandon Qualcomm and use its own modems in its devices. However, that has not happened yet.

Kuo of TF International Securities said in June that he expects the company to continue to use Qualcomm chips for the iPhone released in 2023.

Wood said Apple is “increasing the capabilities in-house” so it can use its own modems in iPhones.

“They (Apple) have been shooting this target for years. They have acquired assets from Intel In the modem unit, they’re working hard to increase that, they’re very keen to make sure they keep increasing their control points,” Wood said.

“They don’t want to pay a third party supplier for their technology.”

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