The first folding iPad would have something in common with bicycles

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The first iPad with a folding screen will reportedly arrive sometime next year. According to information from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, it would benefit from a carbon fiber crutch that combines lightness and strength.

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L’iPad 10 for illustration // Source: Frandroid – Robin Wycke

Last October, we learned that folding screens at Apple would not take place first on the iPhone, but first with the manufacturer’s touchpads, the iPads. On Monday, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed more information about Apple’s plans for its first foldable iPad.

In a series of tweets, the TF International Securities analyst claims that the first foldable iPad will launch in 2024 and that it will benefit from a component that is original to say the least: a carbon fiber kickstand.

Therefore, I am taking a cautious approach to iPad shipments by 2023, forecasting a 10-15% year-over-year decline. However, I am positive about the foldable iPad in 2024 and hope that this new model will increase shipments and improve the product mix.

—Ming-Chi Kuo (@mingchikuo) January 30, 2023

Anjie Technology, as the provider of polishing and bonding the carbon fiber stand for the foldable iPad, is expected to continue to benefit from the growing trend of stand-equipped foldable devices in the future.

—Ming-Chi Kuo (@mingchikuo) January 30, 2023

According to information obtained by Ming-Chi Kuo, this crutch would be designed by Anjie Technology, a Chinese supplier. The idea behind this kickstand would be to allow the tablet to stand upright even when folded in laptop mode. The interest of carbon fiber would lie in the lightness of the material and its solidity. This is the reason why this material is often used in high-end racing bikes.

No iPad would be expected in 2023

«I’m still confident of a foldable iPad in 2024 and hope this new model will boost sales and improve product variety.“, also indicates Ming-Chi Kuo. Especially since, according to him, the production of iPads should run out in the coming months. Therefore, no new model would be planned in the next 9-12 months and the expected next tablet, the iPad mini, should not go into production until the first quarter of 2024. So, we will have to wait longer to find out the future iPad Pro. , iPad Air or classic iPads.

Remember that the latest iPad is none other than the iPad Pro M2, preceded by the classic iPad 10, both released late last year. If Ming-Chi Kuo’s analysis is true, it would mean that Apple would not be preparing any new model in 2023 and would have decided to focus all its efforts on next year, not only with a new iPad mini, but especially with its very first. iPad with folding screen.

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