Apple is working on foldable Oled screens, but still no iFold on the horizon

In addition to working on the hybrid iPad with macOS, Apple would also work with LG on foldable Oled panels. While foldable technology is unlikely to arrive on the next generation of iPad or iPhone, Apple’s upcoming Oled screens will have a key advantage.

  • Apple would be developing its foldable OLED screens
  • Apple could incorporate thinner display panels on its foldable devices
  • A foldable iPhone or iPad may not be right away

A new report from TheElec suggests that Apple is developing its own flexible and foldable Oled screens. Much like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Apple’s new panels won’t use polarizers. With an Oled screen, the device has the advantage of being generally thinner in exchange for a lower brightness peak.

Samsung has solved the problem with its current foldable devices with its custom “Eco Square” technology. However, Apple could use a different approach. One possible scenario is to use ultra-thin glass covers instead of the polyimide material found on early foldable panels.

iPad hybrid accessory with Macbook OS features

Apple is rumored to be releasing a hybrid iPad tablet with Mac OS functionality in the future. / © Patently Apple

Foldable iPads, iPhones and MacBooks maybe, but not yet

Apple has been filing patents for foldable and modular devices for some time now. So it’s no surprise that these foldable screens will eventually arrive in the future iPad or iPhone – but probably not before 2025.

At first, the Cupertino company could present a foldable tablet whose size would be between that of a MacBook and an iPad, reports TheElec.

Although Apple is making no secret of its plans to launch a foldable phone similar to the Vivo X Fold or Oppo Find N, the company is reportedly focusing on devices with larger form factors. In particular, it is believed that Apple will first release a full-screen iPhone without a notch before betting on a foldable device. This advance would allow it at the same time to give more space for a more efficient battery.

Do you think Apple is already behind on the foldable part or do you see foldable phones as a gimmick?

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