The MacRumors Show: Apple Foldable Rumors and Samsung's Galaxy S23 Lineup

On this week's episode of The MacRumors Show, we focus on Samsung's newly announced Galaxy S23 lineup, reviews of the new HomePod, and the latest rumors around Apple's first foldable device.

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Following Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy S23, S23+, S23 Ultra, and Book3, we weigh up how some of the devices compare to the iPhone and MacBook Pro. We also look at the recent reactions to the new ‌HomePod‌'s audio quality, how it compares to the original, and the controversy around it continuing to leave white rings some wooden surfaces.

Finally, we take a look at this week's rollercoaster of rumors about Apple's plans for foldables. On Monday, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple is planning to launch a foldable iPad with a carbon fiber kickstand in 2024. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman then said that he had not heard of any such device in the pipeline for next year. Display analyst Ross Young reiterated Gurman's sentiments, but added that Apple was working on a notebook with a 20.5-inch foldable display for 2025. Amid these reports, we try to get to the bottom of what is really going on with Apple's first foldable device.

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Top Rated Comments

eoblaed Avatar
14 months ago
There are just so many compromises required for a folding device. I know some folks like them for the novelty, and people that don't really care about a solid, high-quality screen experience may like their different form factor, but I can't imagine there's going to be wide-spread appeal for a folding phone.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jensend Avatar
14 months ago

I don't understand the mania about foldable phones. I realize the Edgelords need the newest, shiniest, coolest devices RIGHT NOW but a foldable phone hold no allure for me. It's an answer in search of a problem.
It's silly to say that foldable phones don't solve any problems. It's very obvious what the problem they solve is.

The issue is that there are compromises when solving that problem with a folding device: the devices are less durable, the screens are not as perfectly smooth and flat as a typical glass slab phone, they are more expensive, not as water resistant, thicker.

The upside already outweighs the compromises for some people. Maybe eventually the compromises will be small enough that most will find the advantage worth it.

Sure, there are also people who get them to show off or just because it's an interesting piece of engineering.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
castlema Avatar
14 months ago
I don't understand the mania about foldable phones. I realize the Edgelords need the newest, shiniest, coolest devices RIGHT NOW but a foldable phone hold no allure for me. It's an answer in search of a problem.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
_Spinn_ Avatar
14 months ago
I would love Apple to prove me wrong on foldables. Right now they seem to have too many compromises and I don’t trust their durability.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Game 161 Avatar
14 months ago
Foldables are great but aren’t perfect but it’s great tech
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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