If you were disappointed by the modest upgrades found on the recently released iPad Pro (2022), the 2024 iPad releases might be what you’ve been waiting for, as it could be the year we see Apple’s first foldable iPad.
This according to the electronics (opens in new tab) (through Apple Insider (opens in new tab)), who claims that during a recent vendor meeting, Samsung said it expects Apple to launch its first foldable devices in 2024 — but that they will initially be tablets or notebooks rather than smartphones.
Effectively, if you’re waiting for an iPhone Flip, you probably shouldn’t expect one until 2025, however, the wait for a foldable iPad might be a little shorter.
At the same meeting, Samsung apparently stated that it expects the foldable market to grow by 80% a year through 2025 – which may, in part, be due to Apple’s anticipated entry into the market.
Samsung has also apparently detailed some of the improvements it wants to make in future foldables; including making them more durable, having a dedicated S Pen slot on their own devices, reducing the crease prominence on the screen, improving cameras, and making foldable devices generally thinner and lighter.
Interestingly, The Elec claims that Samsung also wanted high-end cameras on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, but abandoned that plan due to weight and thickness issues.
The camera hardware on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is one of the phone’s main limitations – particularly when compared to the more affordable Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. So if the company can improve cameras in the future, its foldable phones could become even more tempting, and it seems that improving cameras is a priority for the company.
Review: It’s not the first time we’ve heard of a foldable iPad in 2024
Samsung’s claim that we might see a foldable iPad in 2024 might sound familiar, because we’ve recently heard the exact same claim from analytics firm CCS Insight.
Now, it’s possible that Samsung is just repeating the same statement, but since Samsung supplies components to Apple, the company likely has some inside information on the matter as well, so it could very well have come to the same conclusion, separately.
With two sources now pointing to 2024, it seems pretty likely that’s actually when we’ll see the first foldable iPad – but the two sources also agree that a foldable iPhone is farther away, so don’t count on seeing an iPhone Flip on our list of the best folding phones. soon.