Back in March, trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that Apple is working on its first collapsible iPhone, which is expected to be introduced in 2023. In a new investor note shared on Monday obtained by 9to5Mac, Kuo reinforces rumors of a collapsible iPhone and now says the company expects to ship up to 20 million units of this model in its first year of sales.
Based on sources, Kuo says Apple expects to ship between 15 and 20 million of the collapsible iPhone by 2023. The company is likely to work with Samsung as the exclusive supplier of collapsible OLED screens for the new iPhone model, whose design and specifications remain unknown. .
In its previous report on the first collapsible iPhone, the analyst predicted that the device will have a screen between 7.5 and 8 inches, and now he reinforced that Apple will adopt an 8-inch foldable screen. Although Samsung is currently leading the foldable market, Ming-Chi Kuo believes that Apple will have an advantage with the first collapsible iPhone because of its strong “cross-product ecosystem.”
At present, the product position for foldable smartphones is primarily to integrate smartphone and tablet. But we believe that the foldable smartphone is only one of the applications in the foldable design. We predict that foldable devices will blur the product segments between smartphones, tablets and laptops in the future. With its benefits across ecosystems and hardware design, Apple will be the biggest winner in the new foldable device trend.
Of course, these plans may change in 2023, but it seems plausible that Apple is at least considering launching a collapsible iPhone, as other phone manufacturers have already introduced their own solutions. We still do not know if the device will be more like the Galaxy Z Fold or Galaxy Z Flip – or even have a completely different design than the current foldable phones.
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