Apple’s rumored foldable iPad is currently undergoing “intensive development” and may be announced as early as late 2024, according to a report from DigiTimes that cites sources within the supply chain.
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The report states that Apple is collaborating with suppliers to develop the foldable iPad, with plans for small-scale production to begin by the end of 2024. DigiTimes suggests that if progress continues at its current pace, Apple could potentially unveil the device in late 2024 or early 2025.
It is revealed that Apple has been working on foldable products for the past four years, continuously making design adjustments during this time.
The company’s strategy involves releasing a foldable iPad before developing a foldable iPhone. Apple has chosen to prioritize the iPad due to its relatively smaller share of the company’s sales, making it easier to manage and mitigate any potential issues.
The design of the foldable iPad has not been finalized yet, as Apple’s product design team initially led the project but has since handed over the responsibility to the procurement department in order to reduce costs.
The primary objective for Apple at this stage is to achieve a more cost-effective design, which has led to contentious changes being made to the device.
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One of the main challenges Apple is facing is related to the device’s panel and hinges, with a particular concern being the creasing effect on the display. The company is reportedly seeking assistance from Samsung and LG to develop a display that can minimize this creasing effect through mechanical design solutions.
While Apple seems to have secured an adequate supply of the device’s hinge, they are still striving for a design that is more cost-effective and easier to mass-produce. This may require further simplification and reduction in the number of parts.
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