Recent reports have suggested that Apple is working on a foldable device with a 20-inch display. The report first came from DSCC analyst Ross Young who wrote that Apple is in talks with suppliers for producing a device in this category, which will be released later than 2025.
In his report Ross Young talked about a 20.x-inch notebook, which will create a new category of products for Apple. This particular device will allow users to use itself in both folded and unfolded positions.
In folded position users will get an on-screen keyboard and use the device as a laptop, while in the unfolded position the device could be used in fullscreen mode and turned into sort of a desktop along with an external keyboard.
Now Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman writing in his PowerOn newsletter has corroborated Young’s report of a foldable 20.x-inch device. Gurman says Apple has been exploring a dual-screen device that could come as a foldable MacBook/iPad hybrid. This particular device will trade the MacBook’s physical keyboard for a full touchscreen base.
“The company could go with a foldable 20-inch screen attached to a physical keyboard or just have one side of the display serving as a virtual keyboard. I’m told Apple has indeed been exploring a dual-screen, foldable MacBook/iPad hybrid that would take the second approach. It would trade in the physical keyboard and trackpad for a fully touch-screen base”– Mark Gurman
While the prospects of a MacBook like device with a fullscreen foldable display, which would be a hybrid between MacBook and iPad seems very exciting we should manage expectations.
Apple is known to explore different types of devices and talks with suppliers about all sorts of products however that does not mean it will end up releasing them too.
Even if it does who knows what Apple’s lineup of devices 4 years down the road will look like with talks of an Apple Car and Augmented Reality glasses among other things.