Apple folding smartphone-tablet with a screen diagonal of 7-8 inches in 2026-2027
Apple is considering releasing a foldable device with a 7- to 8-inch screen. The product is expected to hit the market in 2026 or 2027. This may be Apple's first foldable device, but it won't replace the 8.3-inch iPad mini as it will presumably be at a different price point. Apart from this, Apple is also working on developing OLED displays for the iPad mini.
Apple is preparing to release a foldable device
A foldable device from Apple
According to information received from Korean media sources, Samsung Display and LG Display provided samples of Apple's 6-inch and 7-inch foldable panels last year. According to them, Samsung Display is most actively developing panels for Apple's foldable display compared to LG Display.
Manufacturing and Development
If a mass production decision is made, Samsung is expected to release a foldable panel on its sixth-generation OLED display line, which is already in use for the production of OLED displays for iPhone.
Hinges and glass
While Apple has not confirmed the technical specifications of its upcoming 7- to 8-inch foldable devices, Apple, Samsung Display and LG are reportedly Display offer different glass concepts (Ultra Thin Glass, UTG) and hinges, which are key elements of the product mechanism. The differences are believed to be due to different approaches to product durability and reliability.
Industry experts agree that Apple will introduce significant changes to the iPhone in 2027, which will mark 20 years since the release of the first iPhone and 10 years since the introduction of the first iPhone with an OLED display.
Answers to questions
Apple is considering releasing a foldable device with a diagonal of 7 to 8 inches. The product launch is expected in 2026 or 2027.
According to industry sources from the Korean publication The Lec, Samsung Display and LG Display sent images of foldable panels to Apple last year.
Apple's foldable device will likely be in a different price range than the 8.3-inch iPad mini.
- Apple is a technology company, manufacturer of electronics and software.
- Samsung Display and LG Display are companies specializing in the production of displays and other electronic components.
- OLED display is a display technology that uses organic light-emitting diodes.
- iPad mini is a tablet computer from Apple with a screen diagonal of 8.3 inches.