According to MacRumors, well-known analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo reported in an analysis report to investors that Apple is designing a folding screen iPhone and hopes to announce it in 2023. This device will have an 8-inch QHD+ resolution OLED flexible display, with advanced technologies.
Kuo believes that foldable phones will become a “must-have” for all leading mobile brands, accelerating the next “super replacement cycle” for high-end products, and that Apple will be the “biggest winner” in the foldable mobile trend. According to Kuo, Apple will ship 15 to 20 million foldable iPhones in 2023.
According to Kuo, the new iPhone will utilize a silver nanowire touch solution for the smartphone’s touchscreen, giving Apple a “long-term competitive edge” in the foldable mobile industry. This display technology would be needed for future foldable devices with more than one fold.
According to Kuo, Apple is now using silver nanowire for the HomePod’s touch interface, enabling Apple to “master the technology” at a lower cost by low-volume manufacturing.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard talk of a foldable iPhone from Kuo. Back in March, Kuo speculated that Apple might be preparing to release a foldable iPhone with a 7.5 to 8-inch display in 2023, but he added that this date will be contingent on Apple resolving “primary technology and mass manufacturing problems.”
Kuo said in the same note that development on a foldable iPhone had “not yet officially kicked off,” though Apple’s plans may have progressed with Kuo now providing additional details about the display technology the company plans to use.