The well-known Apple leaker and analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo, has said in a note to investors seen by MacRumors that Apple will launch an eight-inch foldable iPhone in 2023. The device will have a flexible OLED screen and will use a technology that is already testing on the touch interface of the Homepod.
It is not the first time that we have heard about this movement from Apple, since this future folding device has been the subject of discussion on occasion. What’s more, we know that Apple has some patents related to the foldable iPhone and it is not the first time that Kuo has anticipated that Apple is working on it. However, it is the first time that the analyst gives some details about the technology that we will see implemented in the terminal.
According to Kuo, Apple is likely to launch a foldable iPhone with a flexible eight-inch OLED screen and QHD + resolution. Samsung Display would be the exclusive supplier of these displays and Samsung Foundry would be the exclusive feature of DDI. Kuo also expects the foldable iPhone to use TPK Holdings’ silver nanowire technology due to the advantages over Samsung Display’s Y-Octa technology. In Kuo’s words:
“Future foldable devices will require touch technology that supports multiple folds (vs. only a single fold in current foldable smartphones), rollable, medium to large size display, and durability. When comparing the advantages of the above specifications, the silver nanowire is similar or superior to SDC’s Y-Octa.”
Kuo explains that Apple is already using these silver nanowires for the touch interface of the Homepod, something that would have allowed Apple to better understand the technology to use it on a larger scale in devices with a larger screen. And speaking of scale, the analyst assures that:
“Based on the capacity plan requested by Apple, we predict that shipments of the foldable iPhone will reach 15-20 million units in 2023.”
At the moment it is only a leak and quite far in time, so it will be necessary to arm yourself with patience. The folding mobile take some time among us, but now are expensive devices that are taking their first steps. It is hoped that technology is becoming cheaper and better over time and that is when Apple decides to take the plunge, but again, a matter of time.
Via | MacRumors