Flexible screen smartphones are arguably the most interesting innovation in the space right now and every major manufacturer is trying to get a slice of the market. Some, like the RoyaleFlexpai, rushed to become the first to release a consumer product and in doing so delivered something widely acclaimed as terrible. Bigger manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei came soon after but with something that truly felt game-changing.
While all this action took place on the android side, Apple fans were left wondering when they will see a folding device from their favourite company. There have been many speculations and rumours surrounding the device and now it seems we may actually have a release timeline for the device.
According to a new investor note by Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned Apple analyst, Apple will release an iPhone with a foldable 8 inch OLED screen in 2023. As reported by MacRumors, Kuo states that Apple is well-positioned to become the biggest winner in the foldable device trend and will ship 15 – 20 million of these in 2023.
Kuo also states that the foldable design will “blur the product segmentations between smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the future”. This could very well be the case considering the direction Apple is heading in now. Its new M series chips are already found on the new MacBooks, iMacs and the new iPad Pro and are based on the A-series used in the iPhones. The MacOS has recently seen a major redesign with more integration and support for iPhones and mobile apps and iPad OS has been receiving features requested by power users for a long time and will actually allow some to completely replace their laptops.
If Apple keeps heading in this direction and delivers devices with such levels of flexibility of use, it's not long before we have to reconsider “What is a Computer?”