If Apple is making a foldable MacBook, this is what it could look like

Macbook Folio Concept
Macbook Folio Concept (Image credit: Antonio De Rosa)

What you need to know

  • Apple is rumored to be working on a foldable MacBook of sorts.
  • Rumors have Apple's foldable notebook sporting a 20-inch screen.
  • This new concept imagines what a foldable MacBook could look like.

Rumors have Apple working on some sort of foldable MacBook and if that is indeed accurate, this new concept imagines what it might look like.

Created by designer Antonio De Rosa, the concept images and associated video imagine a MacBook Pro-like device that has a physical trackpad but no keyboard. Instead, the keyboard would be a screen-based affair, taking over part of the display when needed. However, the whole thing could also open up to be a large iPad-like device or, as previous rumors claimed, an external display for another machine entirely.

Just last week display analyst Ross Young reported that the word on the street is that Apple is working on some sort of foldable notebook that could offer a display of up to 20 inches. It isn't immediately clear how large the display would be once closed and a portion is used for something like a keyboard, however.

On the other hand, we are now showing Apple in our roadmap for foldable notebooks. We hear there is interest at the largest size yet, around 20.x". This size could create a new category for Apple and would result in a true dual use product, a notebook with a full-size keyboard when folded and for use as a monitor when not folded and used with an external keyboard. It may also allow for UHD/4K resolution or even higher at that size. The time frame is likely later than 2025 though, it could be 2026 or 2027.

What we do know is that this concept is stunning. Say hello to MacBook Folio!

When the foldable screens will be something reliable, a new kind of Apple device could appear on our desks. Let's imagine the first of his species, MacBook Folio, a foldable notebook with TouchId side-button, FaceID, a revamped AirPen and a gorgeous screen…

The concept definitely imagines something the likes of which we've never seen and while I'm still far from sold on the idea of typing on a glass-based keyboard, it's difficult to argue against the fact that this concept looks lovely. Now, just imagine how much what would surely be the best Mac ever could cost!

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.