Foldable iPhone launch window reportedly pushed back again

18/04/2024
Apple is unlikely to launch a foldable iPhone until 2027 (image via Bilibili)
Apple is unlikely to launch a foldable iPhone until 2027 (image via Bilibili)

Sources familiar with the matter have told Alphanews that Apple plans to push back the foldable iPhone’s launch to Q1, 2027 from Q4, 2026. The device, if it ever launches, will feature a clamshell form factor.

At this point, rumors about Apple entering the foldable smartphone have been around for the past seven years. First, it was supposed to launch in 2020, which then got pushed back to 2025 and if a leaked Apple product roadmap is accurate, its tentative launch window is 2026. A report from AlphaBiz (via Macrumors) now says it could get delayed yet again to Q1, 2027.

DigiTimes says Apple has reallocated members of the Apple Vision Pro team to focus on foldables. While we will technically see a foldable Apple product in 2025, it won’t be an iPhone but an iPad. If a foldable iPhone ever sees the light of day, it’ll be a Galaxy Z Flip5-esque clamshell device. An enterprising Bilibili user even concocted such a device by stringing together parts from various phones.

Apple is reportedly facing difficulties sourcing parts for its foldable iPhone and is in talks with both Samsung Display and LG Display. BOE is missing from the list despite the company’s success with foldable displays on phones like the Vivo X Flip. Then again, displays could be hard to come by given the sheer number of foldables coming out from Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus, Huawei and even budget-focused brands like Infinix.

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