According to a new report from The Elec Apple would collaborate with LG to develop foldable OLED screens with ultra-thin glass that would be used in future iPad and MacBook models.
The post explains that LG Display would be supplier of foldable 17-inch 4K OLED panels to HP this year, intended for folding laptops that would have an 11-inch screen when folded. Let’s not forget that LG Display already has experience in manufacturing 13.3-inch foldable panels already implemented by Lenovo in its ThinkPad X1 Fold.
The Elec goes further and comments that in addition to the OLED folding display for HP, Apple collaborates with LG Display “to develop another foldable OLED panel”. This panel would use ultra-thin glass, eliminating the use of the current polymer that most displays use today.
The report is the second proof that folding products are being prepared in Apple’s supply chain since, what The Elec reports, is consistent with what analyst Ross Young has previously reported about Apple’s plans and how they are already explore the possibilities of launching foldable MacBooks with screens around 20 inches
Ross Young said these devices could represent a new category within Apple products and would serve dual purposes, being a laptop with an in-screen keyboard when folded or a larger monitor when folded. it is stretched. The devices would integrate 4K or higher resolutions according to the analyst.
While Ross Young described these products as “foldable notebooks” and said the device was a foldable iPad Pro, but The Elec specifies that the tiles under development would be used for tablets and notebooks so we would not see only one category of folding products according to the latest information.
According to Young, Apple would launch its foldable devices not before 2025, with 2026 or 2027 being the most likely dates. Everything indicates that there is still a long way to go before Apple launches foldable devices, but do they really need them? Do users expect it? Leave us your impressions in the comments!