Apple may release a foldable 5G iPad to counter a bendy Surface tablet slated for 2020


By now, it should come as no surprise for anybody that Apple is hard at experimenting with 5G connectivity on its upcoming devices. It is widely expected to unveil a 5G iPhone next year when the networks are actually existent in more than a few city blocks and the launch kinks have been ironed out.

Where 5G connectivity is going to really shine, though, is Apple's efforts to replace laptops with its venerable tablet franchise. Not only could we reasonably expect iPads with 5G modems from Qualcomm in 2020, but an analyst is actually claiming that Apple is preparing a 2-in-1 device with 5G connectivity that would have a bendy display.

It's not an analyst from some obscure research firm, too, but a fells who probes the supply chain on behalf of IHS Markit - you know, the guys that break down how much it costs Apple to build their iPhones, versus how much they sell it for.

According to analysts Jeff Lin, Apple is working on a foldable device of its own - a kind of a bendy iPad - with screen size that borders on its Mac laptops when unfurled. This unicorn of a device is expected to run on Apple's future A-series processor, hence the allusion to the iPad, and be a direct answer to Microsoft's expected foldable Surface gear that's also in the rumor mill now.

Slated for a 2020 release, the foldable iPad could usher Apple to a whole new level, and, while it may be brought into the Gumby phones and tablets era kicking and screaming, Apple is, as usual, treading carefully with the application that makes the most sense - a highly portable tablet/laptop - rather than push for something like the Galaxy Fold that even Samsung's DJ Koh admitted was rushed out of the gate prematurely to prove a point. 

We shudder to think what an Apple-made foldable laptop or tablet screen device could cost, though, given the size of the flexible OLED display with plastic substrates it has to employ.

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14 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Very nice, but im guessing 2021 at the earliest they will rely on others technology.

2. Vancetastic

Posts: 1103; Member since: May 17, 2017

Cue the jokes...

3. Subie

Posts: 2353; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You mean like how Apple already knowingly released their first bendable device in 2014... ;)

6. Vancetastic

Posts: 1103; Member since: May 17, 2017

That’s one! (I had one of those phones...that particular issue was NOT overblown, no matter what a fanboy may tell you...)

9. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But only 9 were reported...

12. Vancetastic

Posts: 1103; Member since: May 17, 2017

So strange...I suppose most of us thought it was a feature.

4. mackan84

Posts: 375; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I’m Not buying an iPad with a plastic screen!

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6736; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Someone else will have it perfected long before apple attempts this.

7. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Yeah, Samsung Fold is so perfect for Samsung declining profit. Sell product that is good for 2 days old for almost $2k.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And yet, Apple is still following them. It's been Apple's modus operandi since the GUI - let others do the actual innovating, then steal it.

11. mackan84

Posts: 375; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Smartest strategy ever. Look what happened to AirPower when Apple tried to invent something new. Let others do that mistake and chip in. Being first means sh*t if it ain’t good...

13. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But hypocritical, considering Apple's penchant for crying that everyone copies them.

8. joey18

Posts: 666; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

2000 thousand

14. Plutonium239

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I'm guessing that Apple will try to charge between $3000 and $4500 for such a device, if not more.

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