A foldable iPhone is reportedly in the works for 2023

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Apple CEO Tim Cook. Richard Drew/AP
  • Apple’s iPhone could have a completely different form factor in two years.
  • A foldable iPhone is expected as early as 2023, a note from the Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said.
  • The phone would be larger than ever, at 7 to 8 inches, according to Kuo.
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Apple’s most important product, the iPhone, could be getting a major new form factor in the next few years.

A foldable iPhone could arrive as soon as 2023, a new note from the Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said.

Kuo said the foldable iPhone could be 7 to 8 inches, according to MacRumors. That would put it in line with the size of the iPad Mini.

Notably, we’ve heard in other reports that Apple is looking into foldable-screen concepts. The company has also patented a variety of foldable designs, though it’s unclear whether any will become a reality.

Apple has not officially announced such a device, and company representatives didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Apple’s main smartphone competitor, Samsung, has released several foldable devices in the past few years.

The most recent device, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, launched in September. In addition to the novelty of a folding screen, Samsung’s folding smartphones have a hefty price tag: $US2,000 ($2,564) and up.

If Apple were to release such a device, it could come with a similarly large price tag. For now, it appears Apple is still considering whether creating such a device is worth it.

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