Analysts say Apple will launch the iPad folding screen first in 2024

Apple may launch an iPad with a foldable screen in 2024, analyst firm CCS Insight said on Tuesday and expects the tech giant to start experimenting with foldable technology soon.

CCS Insight released its annual forecast report on Tuesday, with forecasts for future products and trends. Instead of launching a foldable iPhone first, Apple will launch a foldable iPad within two years, the company said. That's different from what other companies are doing, with phone makers like Samsung launching first with foldable phones.

"Right now, it doesn't make sense for Apple to make a foldable iPhone. We think they'll steer clear of this trend and maybe try a foldable iPad," Ben Wood, research director at CCS Insight, said in an interview. For Apple, the foldable iPhone is extremely risky. First, it has to be very expensive to not cannibalize sales of existing iPhone models.”

The price of a foldable iPhone is likely to be around $2,500 (about 18,075 yuan), Wood said. In comparison, Apple's most expensive iPhone 14 Pro Max currently costs about $1,599 (about 11,561 yuan). He also said that if there were any technical problems with Apple's foldable phone, there would be "crazy" attacks from critics for those problems.

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