Industry analyst reaffirms 2024 launch window for a foldable iPad
Apple could launch a foldable iPad next year (image via Andreas Storm on Twitter)
Apple could launch a foldable iPad next year (image via Andreas Storm on Twitter)

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.

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