2020 saw folding and dual screen phones come into their own with Samsung’s offerings hitting version 2 and Microsoft’s Surface Duo being released. Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that Apple will launch a foldable iPhone.
The device is said to have an OLED display with sizes from 7.5 to 8-inch foldable OLED smartphone in 2023. While rumors of Apple Pencil support for iPhone have swirled but never materialized, 2023 could be the first year to see Apple Pencil support move beyond iPad. In January, Bloomberg reported that “work was underway” on a foldable iPhone; however, a timeline isn’t set in stone.
Apple’s implementation of designs like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold series and iOS on the folding device will likely be more polished than its Android counterparts. But how will Apple sell this new iBook? As an iPhone or iPad or as a phone or tablet? Apple will likely need to differentiate this device from an iPhone and iPad, perhaps naming it iBook, a name it already owns from when its laptops were called iBook. Why might it be called iBook, because it looks like a book and becomes its own product category.