If you were disappointed with the modest upgrades found on the recently launched iPad Pro (2022), then the 2024 iPad releases may be what you’ve been waiting for, as this may be the year we see Apple’s first foldable iPad to see.
This is according to The Elec, who claim that in a recent meeting with suppliers, Samsung said it expects Apple to launch its first foldable devices in 2024 – but that these will initially be tablets or laptops, rather than smartphones. Indeed, if you’re expecting an iPhone Flip or iPhone Fold, you should probably expect one in 2025 at the earliest. However, the wait for a foldable iPad may be a little shorter.
At the same meeting, Samsung apparently claimed it was expecting the foldable device market will grow by 80% per year by 2025 – which could be partly due to Apple’s planned entry into this market.
Samsung has also apparently outlined some of the improvements it plans to make to future foldable devices; including making them more durable, having a dedicated S Pen slot on its own devices, reducing the prominence of the crease on the screen, improving cameras, and generally making foldable devices thinner and lighter.
Interestingly, The Elec claims that Samsung also wanted more expensive cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, but abandoned that plan due to weight and thickness issues.
The camera hardware on the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is one of the main limitations of the smartphone, especially when compared to the more affordable Galaxy S22 Ultra. So if the company can improve the cameras in the future, then the foldable phones could become all the more tempting, and it seems that improving the cameras is a priority for the company.
You have to wait a while for the foldable iPhone
Samsung’s claim that we could see a foldable iPad in 2024 may sound familiar, as we recently heard the exact same claim from analyst firm CCS Insight.
It’s possible that Samsung is simply repeating the same claim, but given that Samsung supplies components to Apple, the company likely also has inside information on the matter and may have come to the same conclusion separately.
With two sources now pointing to 2024, it seems fairly likely that this really is the date we’ll see the first foldable iPad – but both sources also agree that a foldable iPhone is further afield.