Recent speculations from insiders in the Korean industry suggest that Apple is contemplating the launch of its first foldable phone between 2026 and 2027. The device is anticipated to feature an internal display measuring approximately 7-8 inches, potentially positioning it as a successor to the iPad mini in Apple’s product lineup. Despite the excitement surrounding the potential launch, the exact specifications and features of the device are still in the development phase.

In addition to the foldable phone, there are rumors about Apple experimenting with a next-generation iPad mini equipped with an OLED display, which raises questions about its future in light of the potential launch of a foldable model. Apple is also said to be planning the integration of OLED displays into its iPad Pro series later this year, with an OLED-equipped iPad mini expected to follow in the subsequent year.

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Reports indicate that Apple has received sample foldable screen panels from Samsung Display and LG Display, with sizes ranging from 6 to 7 inches. However, there are indications that Apple is aiming for a larger screen size for its debut foldable device. If Apple proceeds with the foldable device project, Samsung Display is likely to be the initial choice for panel orders due to its extensive experience in providing foldable panels for Samsung Electronics. In the event of a dual-supplier approach, LG Display is expected to begin mass production of foldable panels for Apple approximately a year after Samsung.

Looking further ahead, around 2028, there are speculations that Apple might introduce a 20.25-inch foldable device, potentially marketed under the iPad or Mac brand. This dimension corresponds to the size of the internal, foldable screen.

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