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Last Update: January 31, 2023, 08:55 AM IST
In good news for Apple fans, the US-based tech is reportedly planning to launch its first foldable iPad with a “carbon fiber kickstand” next year.
Popular analyst Ming-Chi Kuo took to the micro-blogging platform Twitter and wrote: “I am positive about the foldable iPad in 2024 and expect this new model to boost shipments and improve product mix.”
“My latest survey indicates that the foldable iPad will have a carbon fiber kickstand. The carbon fiber material will make the kickstand lighter and more durable.”
He also predicted that iPad shipments would decline by 10-15 percent year-on-year (YoY). Furthermore, Kuo said the iPhone maker may not release any new iPads in the next 9-12 months as “the iPad mini refresh is likely to start mass production” in the first quarter of next year.
Earlier, Kuo said that a new processor would be the main selling point of the new iPad mini, suggesting that the device would only receive a spec bump. The current iPad mini, due in September 2021, has an 8.3-inch display, A15 Bionic chip, USB-C port, Touch ID power button, and 5G support on the cellular model.
In related news, the Cupertino-based tech company is expanding its Make in India The strategy is moving at a fast pace with plans to manufacture AirPods in the country. According to a Bloomberg report, the company is using Jabil Inc, its supplier in the country, to make components for the premium TWS earbuds from Apple and shipping them to China and Vietnam where the AirPods are made.
This may not sound like a big deal, especially since core production is still based in China, but Apple is slowly shifting its production base out of China, and Vietnam and India are being touted as the best options in the region. sees as Making components for the AirPods could be the first step before the entire product is ready to be manufactured in the country.
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