European Analyst Firm CCS Insight predicts that Apple could launch a foldable iPad in the next few years
In 2019 Patently Apple posted a report titled " Apple is working on Foldable Devices and it wouldn't be Surprising to see Apple take on Lenovo with a Folding iPad Pro. Then in March 2021 an Apple patent finally spelled it out clearly that one of their foldable device inventions was squarely designed as a foldable tablet that could double as a laptop. Last night CNBC report that the analyst firm CCS is predicting that Apple "will likely" launch a foldable iPad in 2024.
European based CCS Insight published its annual predictions report on Tuesday in which the group’ analysts make forecasts about future products and trends.
In the latest report, CCS Insight predicted Apple would launch a foldable iPad in two years’ time rather than start with a foldable iPhone.
Apple has “no option but to react because the trend toward foldables is gathering momentum,” Wood said, hence the company will begin with an iPad.
He said it would give Apple a chance to learn how to implement and scale foldable screen technology as well as “breathe new life” into the iPad range.
The CNBC report also noted that "There have been a number of rumblings about Apple’s intentions with foldable screen products. Earlier this year, market research firm Display Supply Chain Consultants (Ross Young) said Apple is unlikely to enter the foldable smartphone market until 2025 at the earliest. However, the company said that Apple is exploring foldable technology for displays of around 20 inches in size. That could be focused on a new foldable notebook product, the market research company said."
For those unfamiliar with the foldable tablet concept, the Engadget video review of the latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold released last month will provide you with a nice overview of what's possible.