A foldable iPad with a carbon fiber kickstand is reportedly in the works and may launch early in 2024.
This information comes from notable Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo via a Twitter thread. While there isn’t much to be gleaned from the short thread, what he reveals paints a rather interesting picture for the tech giant in 2023. According to Kuo, Chinese manufacturer Anjie Technology will be supplying the carbon fiber kickstand for the new device and is expected to greatly benefit from this “growing trend of foldable devices equipped with kickstands.” He goes on to say the upcoming iPad will launch alongside a revamped iPad Mini, which is “likely to begin mass production” during the same period. As for the near future, things are going to be a little unfriendly toward consumers. Kuo says it’s possible “there may be no new iPad releases in the next nine to 12 months” as Apple works on its upcoming devices. He also predicts iPad shipment volume will dip 10 to 15 percent year-over-year in 2023.