The highly anticipated foldable iPad, long the subject of rumors, may see an official announcement by the end of 2024. This information comes from Digitimes, a Taiwan-based outlet (via MacRumors), which discussed Apple’s alleged foldable tablet in a report behind a paywall. The report suggests that Apple has been actively working on the foldable iPad for four years, continuously making design changes. Although the design has not been finalized, the company is reportedly planning to commence mass production of the foldable tablet by the close of 2024.
According to sources cited by Digitimes, Apple is currently in discussions with Samsung Display (SDC) and LG Display (LGD) for the supply of panels for their foldable products. One reported concern for Apple is the issue of panel crease, but it seems that its partners have made progress in minimizing this crease through mechanical design improvements.
The question arises: why might we see a foldable iPad before a foldable iPhone? Digitimes suggests that, since the iPad constitutes a smaller portion of Apple’s sales, any potential issues would be easier for the company to handle, with a comparatively lesser impact compared to the immensely popular iPhone.
Rumors surrounding Apple’s debut of a foldable tablet have been circulating for over a year. In October 2022, reports indicated a potential 2024 release. While analyst Ming-Chi Kuo supported this claim, Mark Gurman, a reputable Apple tipster from Bloomberg, expressed skepticism, stating that foldable iPads wouldn’t be launched in 2024. It’s worth noting that Gurman has not provided much information, if anything, about foldable iPads this year.
As always, it is crucial to approach such reports with skepticism, as Apple has not officially confirmed its work on a foldable iPad. However, given the increasing popularity of foldable devices, exemplified by phones like the Google Pixel Fold and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, it is reasonable to assume that Apple is, at the very least, exploring or actively developing foldable devices.
While the foldable iPad remains a rumor at this point, an official announcement would not be entirely unexpected.