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Apple is allegedly investigating a 20-inch display that folds

Do you want a 20 inches device that bears an Apple logo and folds? Apple watcher Mark Gurman says the company is working on such a device.

Gurman made this revelation in his weekly newsletter, calling it an iPad/MacBook hybrid. He says there is speculation on how Apple will implement such a design, “The company could go with a foldable 20-inch screen attached to a physical keyboard or just have one side of the display serving as a virtual keyboard.”

The prolific Apple observer also claims Apple has been “exploring a dual-screen, foldable MacBook/iPad hybrid that would take the second approach. It would trade in the physical keyboard and trackpad for a full touchscreen base.”

According to Gurman, Apple has been working on this 20 inches screen for some years in secret, of course. However, the Cupertino giant may be targeting a release date still far out in 2026. This is when most analysts expect the long-rumored Apple car and the equally long-awaited AR glasses.

If this is true, then Apple will produce something similar to what Lenovo did with the ThinkPad X1 Fold. It is a 13 inches display that folds at the center to reveal a touchscreen keyboard and transform it into a laptop. However, reviewers still see some issues with the model, which Apple probably has enough time to straighten out before release.

The 20 inches device could also work similarly to Microsoft’s Surface Duo, which combines two separate screens. The software company planned to release a larger version named Surface Neo that would run a fork of the Windows operating system but suspended it indefinitely, thanks to the pandemic.

Gurman’s claim is supported by Ross Young, an analyst at Display Supply Chain Consultants, DSCC. He reported that Apple had postponed its foldable iPhone to 2025, two years more than previously thought by the industry. He based his observation on conversations with supply chain sources. “We delayed our expectations for Apple entering the foldable smartphone market by two years to 2025 after discussions with our supply chain contacts. The company does not appear to be in a hurry to enter the foldable smartphone market, and it may even take longer than that.”

Concerning the larger folding device, Young said Apple was investigating such a category of folding devices. He claims the company is already in discussions with screen suppliers even though the product is still years away.

“On the other hand, we are now showing Apple in our roadmap for foldable notebooks. We hear there is interest at the largest size yet, around 20.x. This size could create a new category for Apple and would result in a true dual-use product, a notebook with a full-size keyboard when folded and for use as a monitor when not folded and used with an external keyboard. It may also allow for UHD/4K resolution or even higher at that size. The time frame is likely later than 2025, though it could be 2026 or 2027.”

Combining Young and Gurman reports, it looks like Apple is getting serious about folding hardware but, as usual, is not in a hurry to release a folding device.

While Gurman is more popular, Young has also built a track record as an Apple analyst. He was the sole expert to reveal the 2021 MacBook Pros would have mini-LED displays with ProMotion.

Written by HackerVibes

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