CCS Insight, which includes most of the tech giants in its client list, has predicted that the foldable iPhone will not be launched before 2025, and it will cost around $2,500. It says Apple will first launch a foldable iPad, and we can expect this device in 2024.
This is largely consistent with previous reports by display analyst Ross Young and Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo – where CSS said moving to the iPhone first would be too risky…
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Apple has so far taken its usual approach to cutting-edge technology: sit back and watch, let other companies make mistakes, and only start working when they feel they can create something much better than their competitors.
Samsung has already demonstrated the colossal risk of jumping in too soon, as the launch of the first Galaxy Fold model proved a complete disaster. While the pre-orders went well, it was only 48 hours before major issues were discovered while reviewers tested the device. Samsung initially said it was delaying the launch until May before it canceled pre-orders. The company then talked about launching it in July, before canceling that as well.
The phone was eventually released, but the reputational damage was great – and the sister site 9to5Google He found that the biggest flaw was still found in the latest version, the Galaxy Z Fold 4:
Samsung has not made any changes where this is important. The biggest glaring flaw I personally have with the durability on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is dust resistance — there just isn’t any. There are brushes in the hinge that are supposed to keep dust away, but on my fold 3 this didn’t work very well. Dust leaked out during the first two months of use, remained lodged in the hinge for the rest of the year, and is still there to this day, causing a small bump in the screen […]
So far, just days after the Fold 4s hit doorsteps, the crack-wrinkle problem has already surfaced.
Display analyst Ross Young said earlier this year that there are no supply chain indications for work on a foldable iPhone, and he didn’t expect that before 2025. This was later supported by Ming-Chi Kuo, who also suggested that the device The first might be a foldable iPad.
What is iPhone? What is an iPad? What is a Mac?
One of the main questions about Apple’s foldable plans is which of the two approaches the company will take.
The first is the fold equivalent: the iPhone turns into an iPad. The second would be like the Motorola Razr: a big iPhone that turns into a small iPhone. Most seem to expect the former approach.
But, just as Apple suggests that the iPad asks the question “What is a computer?” Fold’s approach raises similar questions. Is this device an iPhone that converts into an iPad, or an iPad that folds into an iPhone?
Foldable devices can also further blur the line between iPads and Macs, as shown in the Luna Display concept above.
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But what CSS expects is effectively a small iPad turning into a large one. She says Apple will take this approach in order to avoid the risk of a Samsung-style disaster with its flagship product. CNBC Reports:
“Currently, it doesn’t make sense for Apple to make a foldable iPhone. We think they’ll avoid this trend and possibly dip their toe in water with the foldable iPad,” Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight, told CNBC in an interview.
A foldable iPhone would be a very high risk […] If Apple had any technical issues with the foldable phone, it would be a “mad fit” with critics attacking Apple for the problems.
The company makes a less convincing argument that Apple would be concerned about dismantling a foldable device for further sales.
There is an obvious risk that consumers will decide that they only need one rather than two – but this is really the case. Big iPhones are undoubtedly taking business from the iPad mini, and the iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard is similarly costing the company some MacBook sales. But Apple has always said that if it’s not willing to break up its own products, someone else will.
The company also notes that the eventual foldable iPhone will be significantly more expensive than the high-end Pro Max models, as it expects a price tag of $2,500.
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