Apple reportedly considering a Mac laptop with 20-inch folding screen

Or perhaps such a display might arrive on an 'iPad Max'

This flexible touchscreen Mac laptop concept is courtesy of Astro HQ.

Take this one with a grain of salt, but The Elec reports that Apple is working on a foldable product project that will be 20.25 inches when unfolded. 

A MacBook Pro seems the likely device for such a display. However, if the rumor is true, it could be for a biggie-sized iPad  (iPad Max, anyone?).

The Elec report claims that Apple is eyeing a mainstream commercial launch of the foldable device in 2026 or 2027. However, the article adds that this isn’t likely to happen until the tech giant equips all Macs and iPads with OLED displays. Currently, only the high-end iPhone and Apple Watch models have such screens.

The Elec report isn’t the first time that the rumor of a Mac with affordable screen has been mentioned. In a February Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) report — as noted by MacRumors — analyst Ross Young said Apple is considering a 20-inch foldable MacBook. He adds that it and a foldable iPhone won’t arrive until 2025 — if not later.

Young says a foldable laptop could form a new product category. If it arrives, it could be a dual-use product: able to work as a notebook with a full-size on-screen keyboard when folded and as a monitor when unfolded and used with an external keyboard. The foldable could also allow for 4K resolutions or higher at the size Apple is investigating, Young added.

As wild as the idea sounds, Apple has filed for multiple patents that hint at foldable Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Included among them are patent filing 10,579,105 and patent filing number 20190163233

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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.