Industry analyst reaffirms 2024 launch window for a foldable iPad
Ming-Chi Kui says Apple will launch its first-ever foldable iPad in 2024. However, not much is known about it besides the fact that it will feature a carbon fibre kickstand.
Rumours about Apple entering the foldable market have been around for quite some time. While Apple is yet to hint, let alone confirm it is working on a foldable iPhone/iPad, analysts have estimated such a product won’t see the light of day in the immediate future. Ming-Chi Kuo is confident Apple’s first-ever foldable iPad will debut sometime in 2024.
The information sits in line with a prediction made by another analyst Ben Wood, who also predicted a 2024 launch date for the tablet. DSCC’s Ross Young, on the other hand, is yet to find any evidence of such a product. A foldable iPhone is rumoured to follow it in 2025. Kuo adds that the foldable iPad will come with a carbon fibre kickstand, allowing it to double up as a laptop. The analyst opines it should help reinvigorate plummeting iPad sales.
While Apple is undoubtedly late to the foldable hype train, a foldable iPad with an M series chip will find many takers. In addition, Apple is working on a watered-down version of MacOS for iPads, which hopefully should be ready by then. A foldable iPad with a laptop-class OS can easily outperform the competition, such as the Lenovo Yoga Book 9i and Asus ZenBook 17 Fold, cementing Apple’s position in another market.
Anil Ganti – Senior Tech Writer – 1250 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I’ve been an avid PC gamer since the age of 8. My passion for gaming eventually pushed me towards general tech, and I got my first writing gig at the age of 19. I have a degree in mechanical engineering and have worked in the manufacturing industry and a few other publications like Wccftech before joining Notebookcheck in November 2019. I cover a variety of topics including smartphones, gaming, and computer hardware.
Anil Ganti, 2023-01-30 (Update: 2023-01-30)