Wait, Apple's making a folding iPad now?

Apple will likely release a folding iPad in 2024, according to analysts. Wait? Apple may release a foldable iPad ahead of a folding iPhone? That's the pitch, and it makes sense. Let's see why.

While we've been obsessing over rumours the new M2 Apple iPad Pro 2022 will be announced this week, possibly alongside news of a redesigned iPad and a new iPad home hub, experts at CCS Insight, as reported by CNBC and MacRumours (who created the render in this article), predict the next big iPad story will be a folding tablet by 2024. 

In its trends predictions for 2023 and beyond CCS Insight believes Apple will focus its foldable tech around the iPad rather than the iPhone, which makes sense given Samsung already has the folding mobile market covered, the new Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4: hands-on review shows why this will be a hard brand to overtake, even by Apple.

A render of a folding iPad

MacRumours covered the folding iPad story, this render is how they predict the new tablet could look (Image credit: MacRumours)

“A folding iPhone will be super high risk for Apple. Firstly, it would have to be incredibly expensive in order to not cannibalise the existing iPhones,” said Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, in an interview with CNBC.

This comes after months of rumours Apple has been looking into a foldable iPhone that might just change your life, and there have been many renders created by fans of what a folding iPhone may look like.

According to analysts at CSS Insight, consumer's could face the prospect of a potential foldable iPhone costing $2,500 / £2,220, nearly double the price of an Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max, that with 1TB of memory, can cost $1,599 / £1,749. At that price range, a folding iPad 'notebook' could be more achievable. This falls in line with rumours Apple is looking at folding screens of around 20-inches, as reported by market researchers at Display Supply Chain Consultants

Either way, whether Apple dips its toe with a folding iPad or goes all-in with a foldable iPhone, with Samsung pushing ahead and developing new foldables, it's only a matter of time before Apple must enter the space. 

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Ian Dean
Editor, Digital Arts & 3D

Ian Dean is Editor, Digital Arts & 3D at Creativebloq, and the former editor of many leading magazines. These titles included ImagineFX, 3D World and leading video game title Official PlayStation Magazine. In his early career he wrote for music and film magazines including Uncut and SFX. Ian launched Xbox magazine X360 and edited PlayStation World. For Creative Bloq, Ian combines his experiences to bring the latest news on AI, digital art and video game art and tech, and more to Creative Bloq, and in his spare time he doodles in Procreate, ArtRage, and Rebelle while finding time to play Xbox and PS5. He's also a keen Cricut user and laser cutter fan, and is currently crafting on Glowforge and xTools M1.