Apple is fast-tracking a foldable iPad for potential release by late 2024 or early 2025

In the world of foldable devices, has long been missing from the scene, leaving , , , Honor, and to dominate the market. However, Apple is now gearing up to make its presence felt by taking a unique approach – entering the foldable arena through the door of tablets. Instead of chasing the trend of foldable smartphones, Apple is expediting the development of a foldable iPad, aiming to lead the way in an untapped foldable tablet market.

Apple is Accelerating the Development of the Foldable iPad

Despite the undeniable success of foldable smartphones, with a Canalys report projecting the introduction of 37 new models in 2023 alone, Apple has chosen to remain on the sidelines. This growing sector now commands a 5% share of the global premium smartphone market, a significant increase from a mere 0.3% in 2019. Nonetheless, Apple's delay in entering the foldable market has been viewed as a missed opportunity.

Recent reports from DigiTimes indicate that Apple is now changing its strategy to seize a fresh opportunity in the foldable tablet segment. Apple is closely collaborating with its suppliers, with the goal of starting small-scale production of a foldable iPad by late 2024, potentially launching it by the end of 2024 or early 2025. Even analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted the same a few months back and according to him, the foldable iPad will also feature a lightweight carbon fiber kickstand.

Insiders have revealed that Apple has been working on this project since 2023 and has secured key design and functionality patents. The patent sketches reveal a sleek foldable tablet with a flexible hinge mechanism, exuding a slim, stylish aesthetic with Apple's signature finesse.

In a market dominated by foldable smartphones, Apple's pivot towards foldable tablets could prove to be a game-changer. With competitors already making their mark in foldable technology, Apple's entry could bring fresh innovation and competition to the foldable tablet sector.




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