At Apple, a foldable screen MacBook is to be expected

Apple is reportedly preparing a MacBook with a 20-inch foldable display in addition to the long-awaited foldable iPhone. Both devices won’t see the light of day until 2025 at the earliest, however. The foldable iPhone will arrive first, followed by the foldable MacBook.

After the success of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3, Apple is preparing to enter the foldable smartphone market. We’ve been hearing for quite a while now about a foldable iPhone that could be called iPhone Air and that would be equipped with an M1 chip. Now analyst Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) claims that Apple is also preparing a MacBook with a foldable screen.

Image 1: At Apple, a foldable MacBook is to be expectedCraig Federighi in front of a Macbook M1 – Credit: Apple

This foldable MacBook would be totally different from current laptops and the upcoming 13-inch MacBook Pro slated for release in March. Indeed, the foldable MacBook would not have the keyboard-mouse combo. Instead, it would consist of a single gigantic 20 inch screen. It would therefore look more like a large touch pad than a MacBook. Let’s take stock of what we know so far.

A MacBook with a foldable screen in the works, but the foldable iPhone is falling behind

If Ross Young’s predictions are correct, we’re no closer to seeing this foldable MacBook with a 20-inch display. And for good reason, Ross Young also announced that the foldable iPhone has been pushed back to 2025. This is a rather substantial delay since the foldable iPhone was initially expected for 2023. Moreover, Google’s foldable smartphone nicknamed Pixel Notepad is expected for the holiday season.

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The foldable MacBook will be released after the foldable iPhone, which means it could happen in 2026 or 2027, or even later. Apple’s laptop could thus be the first of its kind not to have a physical keyboard. This would be replaced by a virtual keyboard displayed on the screen. The foldable MacBook could also support external physical keyboards. It would thus serve as a large secondary screen for some users.

Finally, all this information should be taken with a grain of salt. Apple has never confirmed the development of the foldable iPhone let alone the foldable MacBook. Nevertheless, Ross Young claimed that Apple’s interest in laptops with foldable screens is “good news” for the market.

Source: Ubergizmo

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