Apple eyes foldable 20-inch notebook as well as foldable iPhone - reports

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"It would trade in the physical keyboard and trackpad for a touch-screen." Photo credit: Getty Images

Ahead of Apple's rumoured first product release of 2022 next month, longer-term leaks about new look products have emerged.

There has been speculation for weeks that a new iPhone SE and iPad Air are scheduled to launch in March, but both of those are set to be upgrades to existing products.

However Mark Gurman, a well known Apple analyst who writes the Power On newsletter from Bloomberg, has backed up rumours the Cupertino-based company is working on at least one new foldable device.

Last week 9to5Mac reported Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young, who has been reliable with his recent Apple rumours, said plans for the long-expected foldable iPhone had been put off until 2025.

Young then raised the potential for a foldable notebook, with interest from the company at around 20-inches, he said.

"This size could create a new category for Apple and would result in a true dual use product, a notebook with a full-size keyboard when folded and for use as a monitor when not folded and used with an external keyboard," he wrote.

"It may also allow for UHD/4K resolution or even higher at that size."

Young thinks the foldable notebook is likely to launch after the foldable iPhone, which is rumoured to be in 2026 or 2027.

Gurman has corroborated the likelihood of a foldable notebook in his latest newsletter.

"The company could go with a foldable 20-inch screen attached to a physical keyboard or just have one side of the display serving as a virtual keyboard. I'm told Apple has indeed been exploring a dual-screen, foldable MacBook/iPad hybrid that would take the second approach," he wrote.

"It would trade in the physical keyboard and trackpad for a fully touch-screen base."

Meanwhile the US Patents Office revealed last week Apple was also working on a concept for a new computer.

The patent, originally filed in August 2020, is for a Magic Keyboard to house a whole computer that could then be plugged into any display.

It would also likely have a trackpad, meaning when travelling a monitor would be all that's necessary to have a working computer.

According to the patent, the keyboard will be manufactured so the heat you would normally expect from a working computer would be disappointed throughout the keyboard's body.