The world’s largest iPhone factory, located in China and operated by Foxconn, faced disruptions in 2022. This likely reflected in Apple’s results for the December quarter. Meanwhile, analysts questioned the demand for the iPhone 14 from Chinese consumers.

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an apple to slow down iPad production by the end of 2023, aiming for a foldable iPad by 2024, Apple analyst said Ming-Chi Kuo wrote on Monday.

“I’m bullish on a sophisticated iPad in 2024 and expect this new model to increase shipments and improve the product mix,” Kuo wrote on Twitter. Kuo’s prediction is in line with a report by analyst firm CCS Insight, which said in October 2022 that the Cupertino-based company would launch a foldable iPad before a foldable iPhone.

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Several other manufacturers, including Lenovo and Samsung, make laptops or phones with full-sized foldable displays. Apple has so far shied away from taking advantage of OLED technology in the same way. Rival Samsung has released several foldable phones, but Apple has kept the iPhone’s rectangular shape since its launch.

“It doesn’t make sense for Apple to make a complicated iPhone right now. We think they’re bucking that trend and are likely to dip their toe in the water with a foldable iPad,” Ben Wood, head of research at CCS Insight, told CNBC. 2022 interview.

In 2021, Kuo predicted that a foldable iPhone would be released in 2024, the same year he predicted that a foldable iPad would be released instead.

Kuo expects the foldable iPad to have a carbon fiber kickstand from the Chinese manufacturer Anjie technology.

An Apple representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kuo is one of Apple’s most prolific and respected analysts. The analyst predicted many details about the iPhone SE 3, the 2021 MacBook Pro, and the many iPad releases that were substantiated at launch. Most recently, Kuo predicted the delayed launch of Apple’s long-awaited mixed reality headset.

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