Kuo: Apple to Release Foldable iPad With Carbon Fiber Kickstand in 2024

Apple will launch a foldable iPad with a carbon fiber kickstand sometime next year, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


In a series of tweets, Kuo said he expects an "all-new design foldable ‌iPad‌" to be the next big product launch in the ‌iPad‌ lineup, with no other major ‌iPad‌ releases in the next nine to 12 months. The analyst said he was "positive" that the foldable device would arrive in 2024, but did not provide a more specific timeframe.

The analyst's latest survey indicates that a carbon fiber material will be used for the ‌iPad‌'s kickstand to make it light and durable. Chinese polishing and bonding supplier Anjie Technology will reportedly be the new beneficiary of the foldable ‌iPad‌.

Based on Apple's ‌iPad‌ plans, Kuo said he was taking a "cautious approach" to ‌iPad‌ shipments for 2023, predicting a year-on-year decline of around 10-15 percent. However, he expects the 2024 foldable model to "boost shipments and improve the product mix."

This isn't the first time we have heard rumors of Apple planning to launch a foldable ‌iPad‌. An October 2022 report from analysts at CCS Insight claimed Apple plans to use a foldable ‌‌iPad‌‌ in 2024 as a practice run for foldable technology before adopting it on the ‌iPhone‌.

Apple is testing a foldable ‌‌iPad‌‌ display that's around 20-inches in size, according to reliable display analyst Ross Young, however Young expects the device to hit the market a lot later in 2026 or 2027.


Apple is said to be working with LG to create an ultra-thin cover glass that could be used on the company's foldable products, although it's not clear whether the material would be used in an ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌.

Update: Since Kuo made his prediction, Ross Young has said that he is expecting multiple OLED iPads in 2024, but he has heard nothing about a foldable ‌iPad‌ in the same year.

Update 2: Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has also weighed in on Kuo's prediction, saying he has not heard anything about a foldable ‌iPad‌ in 2024, which he expects to be a year of OLED iPad Pro models and spec bumps for the entry-level ‌iPad‌ and iPad mini.

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Top Rated Comments

ghanwani Avatar
17 months ago
What is the allure of a folding iPad? I’m just not seeing a need for it. I would much rather see a 2 lb laptop.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NoelWalker Avatar
17 months ago
Foldable plastic screen vs Super Retina XDR glass screen
Make your choice
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
17 months ago
Sounds interesting but I’m only interested in a 16” iPad. However, a foldable iPad Mini does sound very appealing.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Schizoid Avatar
17 months ago

That not the foldable iPad; it's the foldable iPhone 15 Pro Max Max.
…we’re calling it the iPhone Super Max Flex Pro and we can’t wait to show it to you.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Abazigal Avatar
17 months ago
Something tells me that Ming Chi Kuo is starting to lose his grip on supply chain sources, given how his more recent predictions are centred around products that won't be released for another 2-3 years at least.
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Minxy Avatar
17 months ago
Hopefully it runs MacOS as well as iPadOS.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)