We've been hearing rumors about Apple's exploration of a foldable iPhone for years now, but the Cupertino company is also experimenting with other foldable form factors, including a larger-screened foldable iPad.

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This guide covers everything that we've heard about the possibility of a future foldable tablet from Apple.


According to Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young, Apple is working on foldable displays that are up to 20 inches in size, and while he said that this was for a "foldable notebook," it's possible that could refer to a foldable iPad device.

Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has also said that Apple is developing on larger-screened iPads, so combining these two rumors, we could see a future foldable ‌iPad‌ with a large display. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also said that Apple has a foldable ‌iPad‌ in the works, and it certainly seems like foldable technology is on the horizon.

According to information from The Elec, Apple is developing a 20-inch OLED foldable display that could be destined for a future MacBook or ‌iPad‌. The display is said to measure in at 20.25 inches specifically, which would feature a 15.3-inch screen when folded.

The Elec also claims that Apple is working on a working on a foldable device that's around 7 to 8 inches, and that could ultimately replace Apple's 8.3-inch iPad mini. Apple is said to be aiming to launch the device between 2026 and 2027.

">7 to 8-inch foldable device that could ultimately replace the ‌iPad mini‌.

Research firm Omdia believes that Apple will come out with a 20.3-inch foldable OLED iPad Pro in 2027 or later. The device is said to be in a conceptual stage as of 2024.

Analyst Jeff Pu believes that Apple will release a large-screen foldable or Mac as soon as 2025, with an ‌iPhone‌ to follow. Apple could start production on a 20.3-inch foldable in late 2025.

Display Technology

The technology that Apple is allegedly working on with LG Display will see the company using an ultra-thin cover glass instead of polyimide, which is what other foldable displays use today.

Apple is testing electronic paper display (EPD) technology that could be used in future foldable devices, according to Apple analyst ‌Ming-Chi Kuo‌. Apple could use color EPD displays from Chinese company E Ink, as this technology would be much more energy efficient than other forms of display technology.


At somewhere around 20 inches, the foldable device that Apple is working on could feature a 4K or higher resolution.

Carbon Fiber Kickstand

According to Apple analyst ‌Ming-Chi Kuo‌, Apple's foldable ‌iPad‌ will feature a carbon fiber kickstand, which will be light and durable.

Design Issues

Apple has not finalized the design of the foldable ‌iPad‌, and it is working to lower component costs as it works to make chances to the device.

Apple is reportedly concerned with the foldable ‌iPad‌'s screen and hinges, including display creasing. Apple is working with LG and Samsung to find a solution that mitigates creasing, and it also needs to source hinges.

OLED First

Nikkei Asia believes that Apple is focused on bringing OLED technology to its ‌iPad‌ and MacBook lineups rather than developing its first foldable. Apple is said to be planning to consider a foldable ‌iPad‌ after the transition to OLED is complete, but it is not a main focus and there is no timeline for launch as of yet.

An OLED ‌iPad‌ is set to come in 2024, while OLED MacBooks won't be coming until 2025.

Foldable iPhone?

So far, all signs suggest that Apple plans to introduce a foldable ‌iPad‌ before it debuts a foldable iPhone.

Release Date

Apple analyst ‌Ming-Chi Kuo‌ said in early 2023 that Apple will introduce a foldable iPad in 2024, but other reliable sources like display analyst Ross Young and Bloomberg's ‌Mark Gurman‌ have said that there are no signs of a foldable coming at any point in 2024. Young has previously said that he expects a foldable tablet-like device in 2026 or 2027, while analyst Jeff Pu has suggested a device could come as soon as late 2025.

DigiTimes said in October 2023 that a foldable ‌iPad‌ is in an "intensive development" stage, and that it could be released in late 2024 or early 2025, but that is not in line with other rumors. The Elec claims that Apple's first foldable will come out in 2026 or 2027.

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