Rumors of a collapsible iPhone have bubbled up before, but a new one has more credibility. Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors that Apple plans to launch an 8-inch foldable iPhone in 2023, according to documents seen by Engadget and an article from MacRumors. The report, based on an “industry survey”, predicts that Apple plans to sell 15-20 million units in 2023.
Kuo said already revealed the possibility of a collapsible iPhone in March, but his latest report has more details on vendors. It predicts that the QHD + flexible OLED will be provided by Samsung Display, while the DDI display controller will come from Samsung Foundry. It also notes that Apple will use the silver nanowire touch tech provided by TPK, “due to its several advantages over [Samsung̵
The report is very speculative, so do not start saving for an iPhone fold or whatever. Other details, however, give it some extra credibility. Kuo expects Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi and Honor to launch new foldable models in late 2021 or early 2022, and shipments will ramp up to 17 million by 2022 if component shortages improve.
If that happens, foldable phones could become “the next innovative selling point for advanced models,” as Kuo puts it. In that case, of course, Apple would like to be ready with its own model. But if consumers do not take care of the devices that Kuo predicts, Apple may drop the project like a hot stone. In other words, a lot can happen in the next two years.
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