Apple foldable: What we know about the Mac-iPad hybrid
Reports are circulating that an Apple foldable may be coming to rival Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold. Here's everything we know about it.
The rumour mill surrounding new Apple devices seemingly never ceases. The latest credible leak suggests that an Apple foldable notebook is in the works, described as a hybrid between a MacBook and an iPad.
Here's what the news and rumours are telling us, so far.
Apple foldable release date and price
Simply put, this device is way too far out to reasonably consider either release date or price. According to reporting, 2026 is seen as a possible launch year for this product. Per the same report, the speculative foldable iPhone has been pushed back to 2025, so a possible timeline may be coming into view.
As far as price goes, we can only look to Apple's competition in this area. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold carries a starting RRP of $4,149, which could be a ballpark estimate for the price of an Apple foldable.
Apple foldable features
Apple's proposed foldable is believed to measure "roughly" 20 inches horizontally. Apple Hub has taken to Twitter to mock up what that might look like.
According to display analyst Ross Young, Apple is exploring a 20” all-screen foldable MacBook that could create a new category for Apple. This could result in a dual use product: a laptop with a full-size keyboard when folded and an external monitor when unfolded pic.twitter.com/nRFE9gZFUA
— Apple Hub (@theapplehub) February 21, 2022
Apple reportedly hopes this size will allow for UHD/4K resolution, or perhaps even higher.
According to rumour, Apple is currently undecided on what form the foldable's keyboard may take. They may be leaning towards an approach in which a part of the screen may be dedicated to a digital keyboard and trackpad.
Or, alternatively, a physical keyboard could be attached to the foldable. In that case, the product would carry a resemblance to a 2-in-1 device.
Of particular interest is the concept of a Mac/iPad hybrid. Whether you think of it as an iPad with additional functionality and processing power, or a MacBook with even greater portability and a touchscreen, it's not hard to see such a product making a huge impact on the market.
Check out our review of the iPad 2020, which we called "the best tablet you can buy", and fantasise about how Apple's foldable could be even better.
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