IHS Markit, a leading global information provider based in London, believes that Apple will soon follow suit with a foldable iOS device, as news of Microsoft developing a dual-screen Surface device gains traction.
The dual-screen Microsoft Surface is said to start development in the first half of 2020. In relation to this, Apple will most likely match this with its own new device.
"We think Apple will follow [a] similar Microsoft concept to develop the foldable device with iPad OS and Apple A series processors," said Jeff Lin, Associate Director of Consumer Electronics for IHS Markit during a correspondence with Forbes.com. According to Lin, the display size could be as large as that of a MacBook. Lin based these predictions from data gathered by IHS Markit.
Lin also added that the new Apple device will run on iOS, which means the "foldable device is for on-the-go." It will also most probably incorporate the 5G technology.
Forbes earlier reported that the new Microsoft Surface will have two 9-inch screens, and will have a 4:3 aspect ratio, with a resolution of 1,440 x 1,920 pixels, and a pixel density of 267ppi. It will use a new version of the Windows 10 OS, custom-made for dual displays, and will adopt an Intel 10nm system on a chip (SoC) called Lakefield. The new Surface will also support "Book Mode".
IHS Markit is predicting the demand forecast for this new Microsoft device will be 30,000 to 40,000 units per month.
The trend for foldable devices seems to be here for the long haul, as manufacturers turn to new technologies to move phones and tablets beyond the limits of the single screen. Consumers will be looking for something new for the next generation of devices, and one way to maximize screen size while maintaining high mobility is to make the device foldable.
Samsung, one of the early adopters of this trend, is preparing to finally deliver its Galaxy Fold en masse, even though its initial release was met with lukewarm reviews and device mishaps. HUAWEI, another early adopter, is expected to ship its Mate X later this year.