Traditional smartphones are dead, foldable is long lasting, rollable and bends; While the global mobile phone industry … is not quite there yet, it may soon be if Samsung continues to prioritize production and distribution, especially marketing its Galaxy Z Fold and Z Flip lineups over the “traditional” Galaxy S series and all mobile phone vendors continue The other two majors almost follow the example of the world champion.
We are talking about everyone Motorola to Huawei, Oppo, vivo, Xiaomi, and before long, Google and Apple too, at least according to the persistent and increasingly reliable rumors of all directions, leakers, and analysts.
And as bad as Commander Tim Cook might want to resist joining the latest mobile fad, Foldable devices are clearly here to stay and only destined for more growth in the next few years, leaving Apple “with no choice but to respond”… in a somewhat surprising way as early as 2024.
Stuck between a rock and a hard place
While no one can know for sure what new products the Cupertino-based tech giant plans to release a full two years ago, CCS Insight’s head of research, Ben Wood (via CNBC
It has a very logical reason Not
We expect the foldable iPhone to see the light of day in the very near future.
If it is not foldable The iPhone 14 Pro Max currently costs as much as $1,599 in its top-of-the-line configuration, and an Apple foldable phone with similar advanced specs and a significantly more expensive production process will likely need around $2,500 to understand the profitability point of view.
The Galaxy Z Fold 4 is really big, but probably not as big as the rumored iPad Fold.
It seems very hard to fathom even for the most ardent ‘iFans’, and if Samsung’s Galaxy Fold family teaches us anything, it’s going to be very difficult for us. Apple gets the “iPhone Fold” design and durability on the first try.
As such, Wood expects to see the foldable iPad paving the way for A foldable iPhone sometime in 2024, which of course doesn’t solve the pricing issue. After all, the most expensive version of the iPad Pro is regularly priced at at least $2,400, and following the logic above, the first-of-its-kind iPad Fold could set you back north of $3,000 or even $4,000.
Of course, there are fairly easy ways to cut costs (at least to $2,500 or so), such as equipping this foldable iPad with no more than 256GB of internal storage for example. But Apple still risks causing a “feed frenzy” of critics and haters if the already-delayed device ends up being less than perfect, a risk the company will eventually have to take. Unless the popularity of foldable devices collapses between now and 2024, which seems less likely than seeing the iPhone Fold unveiled alongside the iPad Pro (2022) this week’s generation.
Other plans are clearer and bolder
While it’s pretty clear that Apple currently doesn’t know what to do with the fast-growing foldable category, vacillating between scenarios that are both risky and undesirable, the company’s ambitions in other areas are more steadfast.
For example, the first iPhone (likely without a foldable design) might be powered by an A-series chip featuring Apple’s integrated 5G modem…just three years or so.
iPhone 14 Pro Max comes with an Apple-made A16 Bionic SoC and a separate Qualcomm X65 5G modem.
Today’s iPhones use 5G modems manufactured by Qualcomm, but if Apple’s bold plan materializes, its reliance on the semiconductor giant will be drastically reduced or eliminated entirely in just a few short years, potentially saving billions and billions of dollars in production costs over Transferring a critical component within the company. Let’s just hope that this step will be useful to the end users, which is of course impossible to predict now.