In a surprise turn of events, Samsung, a significant competitor and supplier to Apple, has leaked that the Cupertino-based tech giant is still working diligently on its all-screen foldable MacBook Pro. Despite Apple’s tight-lipped approach to its developments, the rumor mill has been abuzz with this groundbreaking device for some time now.
Previously in 2022, speculation suggested that Apple was in the process of creating a sizeable 20-inch foldable display, which would use a touchscreen keyboard for user input. Speculation was rampant that the device might either be a MacBook or a new kind of iPad. But as the year wore on, the most plausible conjecture gravitated towards the former: an avant-garde MacBook Pro with a foldable display measuring roughly 20.5 inches.
Early 2023 saw rumors hinting at an expedited timeline for this revolutionary product, with an expected release date in 2025. The gossip grapevine also suggested an ‘iPhone Fold’ release to follow this foldable MacBook Pro.
At the recent SID Review event in South Korea, Samsung Display Managing Director Baek Seung-in spoke candidly about the reliability of foldable displays. The session was largely focused on the evolution of foldable screens, which, despite their initial issues with durability, have been seeing consistent improvements. During the discourse, Apple was revealed to still be grappling with a product incorporating a foldable display.
With the foldable screen industry eagerly anticipating Apple’s entrance, the reliability of these screens still remains a cause for concern. Samsung and LG Display are reportedly collaborating with Apple to navigate the challenges in developing its first foldable product. Apple’s recent applications for patents covering products with foldable displays suggest that they are edging closer to a breakthrough.
The tech giant seems to be waiting for the technology to mature, with an eye on optimizing the reliability of foldable displays before they introduce a product in this category. Unfortunately, the timeframe for the launch of this groundbreaking device remains elusive.
Six years ago, Apple secured a patent for a “dual display” device, a MacBook with a unique hinge installed. Research into this technology shows that the lower portion of the device transitions into an all-screen digital keyboard when text input is needed.
Given the status quo, it seems that the future of computing could very well be folded. However, only time will tell when this intriguing device might hit the market, offering a fresh perspective on Apple’s innovative prowess. For now, the industry and consumers alike wait with bated breath for more substantial leaks or, better still, an official announcement. The advent of a foldable iMac could usher in a new era of computing and redefine the landscape of personal technology.