Updated 05/03/2021 3:24 PM
The renowned analyst and "leaker" of Apple news,
assured that the long-awaited
foldable iPhone will arrive in 2023 with an 8-inch OLED QHD + screen
In addition, he noted that the company expects to order between 15 and 20 million units in the first year.
After a first stage of testing, folding phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip or the Huawei Mate Xs, settled on the market.
is not surprising that Apple is also interested in competing in this area
Kuo predicts that folding smartphones will become
"must-haves" for major brands because they will integrate a hybrid solution between phone and tablet
This will produce a "super refresh cycle" in the higher ranges.
With its cross-product ecosystems and hardware design advantages, according to Kuo,
Apple will be the biggest winner in the new foldable iPhone trend.
Samsung leads the flexible phone segment.
"Based on the capacity plan requested by Apple, we
predict that shipments of the foldable iPhone will reach 15-20 million units in 2023.
It is known that Apple has some patents registered with the foldable iPhone and it is not the first time that Kuo has advanced this information.
it is the first time that the analyst gives some details about the technology that the terminal will have.
According to this filter,
is expected to
adopt a silver nanowire technology for the touch surface, a solution that allows the screen to be bent by more than one point
and that will represent an important competitive advantage over the rest of the industry.
On the technical aspects Kuo mentions, based on a survey, that SDC will be the exclusive supplier of the flexible 8-inch OLED QHD + displays.
While Samsung will be in charge of providing the display drivers IC (DDI).
HomePod mini already incorporates silver nonothreads.
“Future foldable devices will require
, a medium or large roll-up display, and durability
When comparing the advantages of the previous specifications, the silver nanowire is similar or superior to the Y-Octa of SDC ”, indicates the analyst.
These silver nanowires are nothing new.
Apple is using them for the Homepod's touch interface
, something that would have allowed the company to better understand the technology to make a bigger leap on devices with a larger screen.
This is not the first time that rumors have arisen around the foldable iPhone.
In March of this year, Kuo stated that Apple was planning to launch a foldable phone with a 7.5 to 8-inch screen in 2023, but that this would depend on the company's ability to overcome some challenges.
The analyst indicates that it is Samsung who currently leads the folding market, but expects Apple to take an important step forward thanks to the ecosystem that unites its different products.
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