Kuo: No new iPads until this year, foldable one coming in 2024
Apple doesn’t plan to launch new iPads until 2024, according to Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest notes. The analyst revealed that there will be no releases for the next “9-12 months” and first in line for an announcement will be the iPad mini, which is expected to begin mass production in Q1 2024.
Kuo also shared that there will also be a foldable iPad in 2024, and the main recipient will be Anjie Technology, a Suzhou manufacturer that will make “a carbon fiber stand.” The company will “continue to take advantage of the growing trends in foldable devices equipped with kickstands in the future,” and we assume the analyst is talking about a case, although most foldable devices are capable of standing on their own.
Apple is expected to have a tough 2023 in terms of tablet shipments, with 10-15% expected annual decline due to the lack of new products. But bringing a new mini and the first foldable Apple device will increase shipments and improve the product mix in 2024.
Several sources revealed that new iPad Pro devices will have OLED panels and slightly increased diagonals – 11″ will become 11.1″, while a 13.1″ device will replace the 12.9″ version. A report from December hinted that even a 16″ iPad could be on the way, but we’ll have to wait and see.
There is also the report of a foldable panel that is 20.25” in size, which would be massive and quite uncomfortable for a handheld device.