Apple may be working on a big, foldable device – although it may be years before we can actually buy it.
Last week, Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young (via 9to5Mac) Apple said it is exploring the idea of a foldable notebook, likely to be “20.x” inches in size. Young said it would be a “notebook with a full-size keyboard when folded and for use as a monitor when not folded and used with an external keyboard.” However, he also said Apple is in no rush to launch such a device and it may not launch until 2025 or later.
Now, Mark Gurman of Bloomberg has done that Confirmed the report in its Power On newsletter, citing its own sources. He says it would be a MacBook/iPad hybrid, although it’s more likely that instead of a physical keyboard, Apple would release a foldable tablet with one side serving as a virtual keyboard.
We know what that might look like, thanks Lenovo’s Yoga Book tablet/laptop hybrid, which has an E Ink display instead of a physical keyboard, and the company’s ThinkPad X1 Fold, which combines a foldable tablet with a detachable physical keyboard. Neither device was exactly a perfect realization of this idea, but at least we know it’s possible, and maybe Apple can improve on the concept.
Gurman devoted the bulk of this week’s newsletter to the idea of a $199 iPhone aimed at emerging markets, though there doesn’t appear to be any concrete evidence that Apple actually plans to launch such a device. What we do know is that Apple is expected to launch a new, 5G-enabled version of the iPhone SE in early March.
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