Apple : Analysts believe that in 2024, rather than an iPhone, Apple will introduce a foldable iPad.
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- According to CCS Insight, Apple is planning to introduce a foldable iPad in 2024.
- CCS Insight went against the trend of consumer electronics companies putting out folding screen devices by saying that an iPad with a foldable screen would come out before an iPhone with a foldable screen.
- Analysts think that by 2025, Apple will have made its own 5G modem and built it into the A series of processors. This will make iPhones work with a “single-chip” solution.
An analysis company called CCS Insight says that Apple will soon start experimenting with foldable technology, with the goal of making an iPad with a screen that folds in 2024.
On Tuesday, analysts from CCS Insight released their annual predictions report, in which they made predictions about upcoming products and trends.
In its most recent analysis, CCS Insight speculated that they would debut a foldable iPad in 2020 rather than a folding iPhone.
While competitors like Samsung have released foldable tablets, Apple has stuck with smartphones.
Apple shouldn’t rush towards production of a foldable iPhone. Ben Wood, chief research officer at CCS Insight, told CNBC that he believes Apple will buck the trend and instead test the waters with a foldable iPad.
For Apple to release a foldable iPhone would be a very risky venture. To avoid cannibalizing current iPhone sales, Wood continued, “For starters, it would have to be ridiculously pricey.”
The researcher estimated that the price of a foldable iPhone would be roughly $2,000. The current most costly model, the iPhone 14 Pro Max, with the maximum storage from Apple, can be purchased for roughly $1,599.
Wood said that if Apple had technical problems with the foldable phone, critics would start blaming the company for everything, which would be a “catastrophe.”
Apple, however, “has no choice but to react because the trend toward foldables is gathering pace,” Wood said, explaining why the company would start with an iPad.
The opportunity to “breathe new life” into the iPad lineup and get experience with foldable screen technology were among the benefits he predicted for Apple.
Press attempts to get a comment out of Apple were met with silence.
Multiple rumors have circulated concerning Apple’s plans for future foldable screen devices. Display Supply Chain Consultants, a market research organization, predicted earlier this year that they would not enter the market for foldable smartphones until at least 2025. Apple, however, has admitted that it is investigating foldable technology for screens up to 20 inches in size. According to the market research firm, a new foldable notebook product may be the target of this effort.
At the same time, speculation about a foldable iPhone has been ongoing for at least that long. Last year, the well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities, who is known for making accurate predictions, thought that the company would make an iPhone with a folding screen in 2024.
Apple plans to incorporate a 5G modem and a processor into a single chip.
According to CCS Insight, Apple will maintain its emphasis on in-house chip development.
Apple presently designs its own custom central processing units (CPUs) to power the iOS devices (iPhone and iPad). It uses chips made by the American firm Qualcomm as modems that connect these gadgets to 5G mobile internet networks.
As a “single-chip” solution for iPhones by 2025, CCS Insight predicts they will build its own 5G modem into the A series of CPUs.
In 2019, Apple purchased Intel’s modem division. It sparked rumors that the tech giant would rapidly stop using Qualcomm chips in its devices in favor of its own proprietary modems. This, however, has not taken place as of yet.
In June, TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would stick with Qualcomm CPUs for the 2023 iPhone.
According to Wood, they has been “ramping up in-house capabilities” to use its own modems in iPhones.
They has been trying for a long time to reach this goal. The company bought the property from the Intel modem unit and has been working hard to speed things up. They are very concerned with keeping a “healthy number of control nodes,” as Wood put it.
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