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A new rumor claims that Apple’s foldable devices will arrive sooner

A new rumor claims that Apple’s foldable devices will arrive sooner

Apple is said to launch a foldable hybrid next year and a foldable iPhone in 2026.  (Image source: 9to5Mac)

An analyst investor note suggests that Apple’s foldable devices may arrive sooner than expected.

In a note to investors written by Haitong International Securities analyst Jeff Pu, it was stated that Apple is preparing for mass production of, among others 20.3 inches foldable device in late 2025 and a foldable iPhone with a screen diagonal 7.9 inches or 8.3 inches at the end of 2026. Both foldable devices are said to be a “new Apple product line” designed with the “ultra-high-end market” in mind.

Pu’s note to investors differs from most reports that predict Apple’s entry into the foldable space at a later date. Korean publication Alpha Biz reported last month that the foldable iPhone would be delayed until 2027.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported in March that Apple could release a 20-inch MacBook with a foldable screen in 2027. According to “The Information”, in February, Apple is currently working on at least two “active prototypes” of a foldable iPhone, which will not be the beginning Soon.

However, changing consumer preferences and market trends may force Apple to accelerate its launch plans. Counterpoint Research’s Global Foldable Smartphone Tracker and Forecast estimates that global foldable phone shipments will reach 100 million by 2027. TrendForce also made a similar prediction; By 2027, foldable phones are expected to have 5% of the global market share.

If Apple wants to capitalize on this momentum, it makes sense for the company to release its devices early to avoid overshadowing Samsung and other Chinese phone brands.

Source: 9to5Mac