Apple will give iPad the foldable phone treatment, says analyst

You won't see a foldable iPhone anytime soon – but you may well see a foldable iPad

Michal Dufka folding iPhone concept
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Apple produces some of the best smartphones you can buy. With their current generation, the iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max offer something for almost every user.

One thing Apple has never produced is a foldable phone. It's a space dominated by the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and the Motorola Razr 5G.

While rumours have floated around and renders have been created, we've never seen anything concrete direct from Apple. Now, a report from analyst firm CCS Insights suggests we may never see a foldable iPhone.

In an interview with CNBC, Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insights, said, "A folding iPhone will be super high risk for Apple. It would have to be incredibly expensive in order to not cannibalize the existing iPhones."

Wood went on to suggest that a foldable iPhone would have to be priced around $2,500, in order to avoid unnecessary competition with the current iPhone range.

Instead, he suggested that Apple will take their first steps into foldable technology with an iPad, which could be released as early as 2024. That links with information from market research firm Display Supply Chain Consultants, which suggested that Apple was working on a 20-inch foldable display.

A device of that size could be designed to fold like a laptop with a capacitive keyboard, or fold out into a giant touchscreen display – perfect for artists and graphic designers.

Elsewhere, CCS predicted that Apple will begin to manufacture its own 5G modems, possibly integrating it into other Apple Silicon chips to create a single-chip solution. This is expected around 2025.

Apple acquired the modem side of Intel in 2019, and have been working on solutions to bring another outsourced part of their manufacturing process in-house. It's not expected to be ready for their 2023 handsets though, with suggestions that Apple will continue to use the Qualcomm modem chips next year.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.