Will Apple get into the foldable smartphone race? The question is being raised more and more seriously, according to Engadget, who relies on the statements of analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who would have informed investors of the brand’s desire to position itself in 2023. According to a report based on an industrial survey, 15 to 20 million units could even be marketed by 2023.
According to Ming-Chi Kuo, who had already mentioned the idea last March, the model would be equipped with a large 8-inch OLED screen provided by Samsung, one of the leaders in the market. The phone would also be compatible with the Silver Nanowire technology provided by TPK this time, one of its suppliers who would have more advantages than its competitor Samsung.
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For the highly regarded analyst, eventually, if Apple were to release a foldable iPhone, it could replace the iPad mini. And if the launch of the model is still in the state of speculation, Ming-Chi Kuo expects other brands to release new models of foldable phones. He cites Oppo, Vivo, Xiaomi or Honor which could launch them at the end of the year or in 2022. In his predictions, the analyst already announces that Apple will become “the big winner of the new trend of foldable devices” thanks including “its hardware design advantages” if his phone works.
But beware, if the tests are inconclusive, it could never see the light of day. Likewise, if customers aren’t there, Apple could quickly abandon the model. For now, the industry leaders remain the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, the Motorola Razr, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 or the Huawei Mate Xs. By comparison, Samsung sold around three million foldable smartphones last year.