Kuo: Apple will ship an 8-inch foldable iPhone in 2023

iPhone unfolded
iPhone unfolded (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple will ship an 8-inch foldable iPhone in 2023.
  • Kuo believes Apple will ship up to 20 million units.

Apple will launch a new 8-inch foldable iPhone in 2023 and ship up to 20 million units of the device according to a new report.

Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in a new research note seen by iMore, Kuo says that he expects "that the shipment of foldable iPhones in 2023 will be 15-20 million units." That's based on their latest industry survey, according to the note, with a folding 8-inch QHD+ flexible OLED display thought to be in the works.

While other companies like Samsung and Huawei already have foldable devices already on the market with more in the works, Kuo believes that Apple is particularly well placed to take advantage of the growing foldable trend thanks to its "cross-product ecosystems and hardware design advantages." The first foldable with an Apple logo looks set to open up to an iPad-sized 8-inch screen, but Kuo appears to be pointing to more ambitious devices arriving in the future.

That idea opens the door to a MacBook that folds to become an iPad, for example. We could also see a 12.9-inch iPad Pro folding ton become something a little more portable in the future, too.

Previous fodlable iPhone rumors have Apple working on various devices, although a launch window of 2022 or 2023 is one that has cropped up multiple times before. But with Kuo of the belief that future foldables will "will blur the product separation between mobile phones, tablets and notebooks," it's the hardware that comes after 2023 that has me the most excited right now.

One thing's for sure, it's looking likely that the best iPhone in 2023 is going to be foldable for the first time.

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.