Apple’s foldable MacBooks rumored to ship in 2026

Apple’s foldable MacBooks rumored to ship in 2026

Apple’s 2021 MacBook Pros

More details have emerged about the MacBook-like foldable Apple has supposedly been working on. A new report from Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimates that Apple could ship more than 1 million devices with a 20-inch folding display in 2026, a shift from his previous projection that it would start shipping in 2027.

Even though past rumors suggest that Apple will go with a 20-inch display, Kuo says that Apple is also considering an 18.8-inch panel. When closed, the 20-inch version will reportedly look similar to a 14- to 15-inch MacBook, while the 18.8-inch device will look like a 13- to 14-inch MacBook.

Apple is working with LG Display to make the folding screen as “crease-free as possible,” Kuo says. The device will reportedly feature Apple’s M5 processor and could go into production as soon as the end of next year.

Supply chain analyst Ross Young first drew attention to Apple’s 20-inch foldable in 2022, a rumor Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman later backed up. At the time, Gurman said the iPad / MacBook hybrid could feature a dual-screen display without a physical keyboard and trackpad.

In 2022, the Korean publication The Elec also laid out a potential timeline for Apple’s rumored foldable work with Samsung-built displays. It reported Apple would likely start working on these devices after bringing an OLED display to the iPad or MacBook, and now we have the OLED iPad Pro, so maybe foldables are next up.

The folding MacBook isn’t the only foldable Apple is rumored to be working on. In February, a report from The Information revealed that Apple is still working on at least two folding iPhone prototypes that close horizontally. Rumors also indicate that Apple is developing a folding iPad, which Gurman said is still in its “early stages.” The company is reportedly focused on eliminating any visible crease in the folding iPad’s display, something Samsung is still trying to perfect.

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