We're already at the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, but the first foldable iPhone could still be years away, with a new report suggesting it won't land until 2025 at the earliest, with a foldable iPad instead landing first, in 2024. .

That's according to analyst firm CCS Insight (via CNBC (opens in a new tab)), which says that right now a foldable tablet makes more sense for Apple than a foldable phone.

Ben Wood, CCS Insight's head of research, told CNBC there were two reasons for this. Firstly, a foldable iPhone "would have to be incredibly expensive to not cannibalize existing iPhones", with the company predicting a price of at least $2500 (around £2220 / A$3970).

Second, Apple's first foldable device may have technical issues, and Apple wouldn't want to take any chances with a device as high-profile as an iPhone, as it could lead to a "feeding frenzy" from reviewers.

Still, Wood thinks a foldable device of some kind is coming, "because the foldable trend is gaining momentum." And aside from a foldable iPad being a lower risk proposition than a foldable iPhone, it would also help "breath new life" into the iPad lineup.

These are largely convincing arguments, but they seem more like educated guesses than inside information, so we'll definitely take all of this with a grain of salt.

Still, many sources and even patents suggest that Apple is exploring foldable devices, so it's probably only a matter of time before one is released, be it a phone or a tablet, and it's also obvious that whatever Apple releases folding will be extremely expensive. .

Línea Apple iPad Pro 2022 con Magic Keyboard

The 2022 iPad Pro doesn't really feel like an upgrade (Image credit: Apple)

Analysis: a step ahead of tablets

Although not mentioned here, a foldable tablet could also prove to be a very attractive option for buyers, as it is something that other companies do not yet offer.

If Apple releases a foldable iPad in 2024, it'll probably be among the first companies to offer a foldable slate, so it probably won't have much competition.

The iPad range probably needs new ideas more than the iPhone. This year, Apple offered a new design for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, along with new ways to interact powered by Dynamic Island, but for the just-announced iPad Pro 2022, the most significant change was simply a new chipset, which makes for a pretty boring upgrade.

For now, the best iPads are among the best tablets, but sooner or later Apple will have to shake things up if it wants to maintain its position as the best tablet.

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