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iPhone Fold is on the way, but you're still going to have to wait a while

A render of a possible iPhone Fold

Apple's long-rumored foldable iPhone is still a hot topic, but analysts believe Apple won't be bringing out its own foldable smartphone until 2027 at the earliest.

While rivals such as Samsung have entered the market with foldable devices, Apple has held back from doing so. The rumor mill still believes something is on the way, with analysts offering similar opinions.

In a Monday report from TrendForce discussing the foldable smartphone market, analysts believe that foldable devices could control 5% of the market by 2028. However, while most of the discussion is about Samsung, Huawei, and other vendors, the report does offer a bit about Apple.

"Rumors about Apple entering the foldable phone market continue to circulate," writes TrendForce, stating the obvious. Just like the rumors, the analysts believe Apple is still working on the concept of the so-called iPhone Fold.

Apple is "still evaluating component specification and performance, with strict requirements for crease and reliability," the note reads.

It adds that Apple is "unlikely to release a foldable phone before 2027," a comment that goes along with some of the rumors. One sketchy March report cited an unnamed senior official in claiming that a fourth-quarter 2026 release was pushed back to the first quarter of 2027.

Meanwhile, the same month, a market researcher told a conference that foldables will be "later than expected," with a launch in 2026. Another report from February offered that a foldable iPad could replace the iPad mini, arriving in 2026 or 2027.

There's even been a claim Apple has given up on the concept.

However, it is hard to truly trust any rumors about a folding iPhone, since many have been proven wrong in the past. For example, in 2022, there were forecasts of a foldable iPhone in 2024, but the rumor mill no longer believes it to be the case — and hasn't for some time.

TrendForce's note further makes the astute comment that Apple's entry "could significantly shift market dynamics" for foldable devices. Given Apple's size and popularity in the smartphone market, this is probably accurate once Apple actually releases foldable hardware.

It is still widely believed that Apple is working on the concept, with at least two folding prototypes under its belt. Numerous patents also detail its work on protecting the iPhone Fold and evolving the hinge, among other areas.