Apple’s first foldable could launch in 2027 according to supply chain — what we know

Foldable iPhone concept image
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An iPhone Flip or foldable iPad could be with us as soon as 2027. Rumors about the possibility of an Apple foldable have been circulating for a while now, but new information might give us our most solid release prediction yet.

According to a post on X from @Tech_Reve, one source has confirmed that the first Apple foldable could be released in 2027. They also claim that panels for the rumored foldable iPad mini are set to be mass-produced in 2026, which means a possible release for the product in 2026, although 2027 seems more likely.  This new information matches the information we have heard from other sources about this date.

Apple was originally rumored to be holding off on creating any form of foldable iPad until they had finished switching over to OLED screens. This led to many sources stating that we would not see any foldable iPad for at least a few years. Meanwhile, there were rumors that we would see a foldable phone in 2025 (via @mingchikuo) that could be a mix of both an iPad and an iPhone, but that seems unlikely now. 

However, according to Tech_Reve, this 2027 schedule could be moved up due to several factors. The main reason is the recent drop is Apple’s revenue projections, which were lower than Wall Street’s forecasts (via Barrons). Apple also experienced a revenue drop in China, where it faces serious competition from Huawei. As such, the release of a foldable model could be the push that Apple needs to increase sales again. 

iPhone 12 concept video

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We have also had some other information regarding how the phone would work. Supposedly Apple would use an 8-inch screen, similar in size to the 8.3-inch iPad mini, but larger than the 7.6-inch inner display of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, which offers a 7.6-inch display when it's opened up. There are also rumors about a feature that will allow the phone to close slightly if it is dropped, thus protecting the inner screen.

Apple's plans to launch a foldable phone don’t appear to be fully solid yet, and we don’t have much idea of what such a device would actually look like. There's even a recently discovered patent that suggests Apple is considering an extendable display device instead of a foldable one. However, the existence of a patent does not mean a device using the idea will ever be made.

However, at the moment all we know about Apple's overall plan for a foldable phone is based on rumors. We've seen leaks of how it might be designed and heard reports of a partnership with Samsung for the manufacturing of flexible screens. But we won't know anything for certain until Apple formally announces such a device, and this new rumor makes it seem like it's at least two years away in the best-case scenario. 

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Josh is a staff writer for Tom's Guide and is based in the UK. He has worked for several publications but now works primarily on mobile phones. Outside of phones, he has a passion for video games, novels, and Warhammer.