The famous market analyst dedicated to Cupertino’s designs, Ming-Chi Kuo, points to the presentation date of the first foldable Apple iPhone for 2023, but there are some surprises. In fact, we even have some of the likely technical specifications.
In a perpetual way, Kuo points out that Apple currently works on the foldable iPhone with 8-inch screen and Quad-HD + resolution, produced by Samsung. If so, it will be the biggest and most daring iPhone ever presented by the apple giant.
The first foldable iPhone could arrive in 2023
Kuo’s testimony was made in a recent information note for investors in the technology led by Tim Cook. The letter was also collected by the publication MacRumors that made known the recent understanding conveyed by the market analyst.
“Based on our recent industry survey, we anticipate that Apple will be able to bring an 8-inch iPhone, flexible QHD + OLED resolution to market in 2023. SDC will be the exclusive supplier of displays, with Samsung Foundry taking over. if the IDD (display driver). Based on the volume requested by Apple, we predict that the production of the foldable iPhone will reach 15 to 20 million units in 2023 (…). “
The 1st foldable iPhone can sell up to 20 million units
The market analyst also predicts that the foldable format will guide all major smartphone manufacturers. It will be, in your words, the “must have ” in the portfolio of major smartphone manufacturers, crucial to their evolution.
By the way, we recall that Samsung, the current market leader, already has a good portfolio of folding smartphones, already working on the third generation of them. Likewise, Xiaomi, currently ranked third on the world market, also has its first generation Mi MIX Fold.
Second, Apple is the only one of the big three that still doesn’t have a foldable smartphone. Therefore, aware of the need to also be present in this niche and product typology, Tim Cook’s company will be preparing its approach.
The foldable format will be the “must have” of the big manufacturers
Kuo believes that Apple is well positioned to capitalize with the advent of the new smartphone format. Incidentally, the analyst believes that Apple could become the company that will most profit from the sale of foldable smartphones in the coming years.
Their confidence is reflected in the values of units sold, between 15 to 20 million smartphones with great added value.
“Currently, the product position of foldable smartphones is mainly focused on integrating the added value of a smartphone and a tablet. But we believe that the foldable smartphone will have its own strengths and unique capabilities. For this, you will have your own applications and a unique approach that can make it count for itself and not as a hybrid between smartphone and tablet. We believe that foldable smartphones will erase the boundaries between different segments of smartphones, tablets and laptops in the future. With its ecosystem covering all these sectors and its own hardware design, Apple will be the biggest winner once the new foldable format becomes the most sought after trend.
Apple could be the big winner in the folding market
In summary, Kuo believes that Apple has a position of great advantage in this segment. For this he cites the strong ecosystem of apple products, as well as the proper design for the chips and processors, in addition to the product itself.
In fact, it is something that we already see among its iMac (24 inches), iPad Pro and more products unified by its M1 chip. This is the path to follow by the Cupertino giant that can give you a big advantage over other rivals in the market.
Finally, the analyst pointed out last March, also in a note to investors, that the folding iPhone project has not yet officially started within Apple. However, the company’s plans may have moved forward since then.
The foldable iPhone would, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, have a 7.5 to 8 inch screen.
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