According to DigiTimes, Apple’s highly-anticipated foldable iPad is now undergoing intensive development with small-scale production slated for late 2024. If all goes as planned, Apple may officially announce it by late 2024 or early 2025.
After investing four years in the development of foldable products, Apple has consistently refined the design, with the foldable iPad taking precedence over a foldable iPhone. Apple’s rationale is based on the fact that the iPad constitutes a relatively modest portion of the company’s sales, making it an ideal starting point to manage and resolve potential issues. The final design of the foldable iPad remains open-ended, as Apple focuses on achieving a cost-effective design, necessitating substantial changes to the device.
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Panel and Hinges: Critical Challenges for Apple
Apple is grappling with critical issues surrounding the foldable iPad’s panel and hinges, with a primary concern being the prevention of display creasing. To address this challenge, Apple is actively collaborating with Samsung and LG to engineer a display that minimizes creasing through mechanical design solutions. While hinge supply seems secure, Apple’s pursuit of a cost-effective and easily mass-produced design may lead to further simplification and parts reduction.
Anticipated for 2025, the mass production of Apple’s inaugural foldable device has the potential to revitalize the tablet market and boost iPad shipments. This could prove transformative in a global tablet market that has otherwise been experiencing a decline.
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