Ming-Chi Kuo, a very informed analyst on the Apple world, returns to talk about the foldable smartphone from Cupertino.
This time, citing anonymous sources close to the company, it consolidates the idea that the so-called iPhone Fold will be released in 2023. Kuo says that the foldable iPhone could sport an 8-inch Qhd + flexible OLED display and internal hardware, in this case chip. provided by Samsung Electronics.
The same analyst estimates that Apple plans to sell between 15 and 20 million folding units, with a range that will depend on the actual availability of components.
On a technical level, Kuo notes that the American giant would have opted, after various tests, for a touchscreen panel composed of silver nanoparticles (nanowires), already in use for the touch interface of the HomePod speaker. This would allow the screen to be not only folded on itself, like current devices, but also rolled up. When open, the 8-inch diagonal will touch the size of an iPad Mini, already abandoned by Apple for a few years, thus replacing the medium format in the world of consumer technology. "We expect foldable devices to result in a product mix of smartphones, tablets and laptops," the analyst told MacRumors website. "With the advantage of an ecosystem that fits perfectly with the design,Apple will be the big winner in the new flexible smartphone trend. ”Back in March of this year, Kuo shared Apple's strategy of launching an iPhone Fold with a 7.5 to 8-inch display in 2023.