The Korean tech giant Samsung has never hesitated to venture into uncharted territories, preferring to set its sights on the vast ocean rather than navigate the puddles. Samsung, renowned for its display foundry, has shown sporadic activity in this realm. However, a recent report indicates a shift in focus to enhance its display department.
In a new development, a major display provider for Apple has reportedly organized its Apple business team to streamline the efficiency of foldable panel development. According to The Elec, Samsung aims to leverage the expertise it has gained from crafting foldable devices since 2019 to reinforce its capabilities in anticipation of Apple’s entry into the foldable product market.
Both Samsung Display and LG Display are allegedly working on projects for Apple’s foldable products, including panels with dimensions of 20.25 inches, as per the report.
While rumors about Apple’s venture into the foldable phone business have circulated, no credible information has surfaced to date. In September 2020, there were reports that Samsung offered foldable display samples to Apple for a potential foldable iPhone, though no concrete indication of Apple’s use of Samsung’s technology has emerged. In 2021, Bloomberg reported that Apple had initiated ‘early work’ on a foldable iPhone display, but no full prototypes had been developed, indicating that Apple had not committed to releasing a foldable device at that time.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo initially predicted the debut of a foldable iPhone in 2024 but later revised his statement in 2022, suggesting that Apple is unlikely to unveil a foldable iPhone until 2025 or later. Display analyst Ross Young has also echoed this sentiment, pointing to 2025 as the earliest we might witness the introduction of a foldable iPhone.