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Apple to launch 7.9-inch foldable iPhone with ‘wrap-around’ design in 2026: All you need to know

Apple is expected to launch the new iPhone with wrap around foldable display design. The device is said to launch globally in 2026, as the device is said to be under development. Although, nothing was mentioned by the company during WWDC24 but researchers are confident about the news.

Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 New Delhi Published on: June 11, 2024 12:50 IST
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Apple, a leading smart device brand headed by Tim Cook is planning to enter the foldable smartphone market and is anticipated to launch the new 7.9-inch foldable iPhone by 2026. As per the recent insights from analysts, this new device will feature a ‘wrap-around’ design, which will distinguish it from current foldable models on the market.

Apple to foray into the foldable world

While companies like OnePlus, Oppo, Samsung and Vivo, already have their foldable devices in the market, Apple, on the other hand, is yet to introduce a foldable iPhone- which will be the first of its kind. 

However, a report surfaced on 9to5Mac where an analyst Jeff Pu indicated that Apple is working to enter the foldable device space. Pu further notes that Apple will launch a new device with 7.9-inch foldable capabilities. It is further said that the iPhone’s design (foldable) will be inspired by the Huawei Mate Xs 2, which is a popular model of the device which comes with an outward folding display.

Furthermore, Pu and Ming-Chi Kuo (a renowned analyst) have also highlighted the broader foldable ambitions of Apple. They suggest that the tech player is not only working on the 7.9-inch model but is also developing a 20.3-inch hybrid foldable device, which is further expected to launch in 2025. 

This larger device might resemble the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, which will offer a blend of tablet and laptop functionality.

Expected design and specifications

The upcoming foldable iPhone is anticipated to incorporate a ‘wrap-around’ design, which will depart from the traditional foldable smartphone concept. This design will offer a seamless viewing experience, with the display which could be wrapped around. This innovation is expected to set new standards in the foldable phone industry, which will further align with Apple's reputation for functionality as well as design.

Talking about the size, the upcoming foldable iPhone might come with a 7.9-inch display which will be compact enough, with an ideal-to-use design with portability without sacrificing the screen real estate. 

Also, it is said that the 20.3-inch foldable smartphone is expected to deliver a versatile experience to the users. It will appeal the professionals who need both a large display and a convenient foldable form factor.

With the hint to launch a new foldable iPhone, apple will venture into generative AI and will make significant waves in the tech industry. The combination of innovative design and a strong focus on privacy which will underscore Apple's strategy to maintain its leadership in the market while adapting to new technological trends.

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