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A foldable MacBook Pro at 20

A foldable MacBook Pro at 20"?! - Yes, please, Apple!  ·  Source: Daniel Chetroni / Alamy Stock Foto / GEARNEWS

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Apple’s foldable MacBook, which could become a reality in 2027, has been rumored for a while now. There have been indications that the Cupertino-based manufacturer has been working on devices with foldable screens since 2022. From an initial suggestion by Ross Young, an analyst from Display Supply Chain Consultants, to Mark Gurman’s reports of a possible 20-inch display, a recent leak suggests that such an innovation might be within reach.

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A Foldable MacBook – what do we know?

Samsung and LG Display appear to play a key role in Apple’s development of a foldable MacBook. Both are supposedly already working on the panels for Apple’s future foldable product. Particular attention is being paid to the 20.25-inch size, which, when folded, becomes a more compact device. Is this the long-rumored MacBook Touch?

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A foldable laptop from Apple would have huge indications for musicians and producers. A 20″ screen would offer so much screen real estate to place your favorite plugins and virtual instruments all around your DAW project! This might also mean that Apple is working on the long-awaited “fusion” of iPadOS and macOS.

Analyst Kuo expects a release in 2027

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Interestingly, Apple analyst and well-informed leaker Ming-Chi Kuo emphasizes that Apple may be looking to create a whole new product category. A foldable MacBook would certainly blur the boundaries between MacBook and iPad. Kuo expects this new MacBook version to go into mass production in 2027, so we’re still a while away.

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Although a laptop without a physical keyboard might take a bit of getting used to for some users, Apple’s patent for a dual-display MacBook with a virtual keyboard shows that they are seriously considering this new direction. This development could not only change the way we interact with computers but also open up new possibilities for professional audio applications. The idea of controlling Ableton Live virtually via a specially developed control keyboard on a foldable MacBook is just one example of how it could enrich the way we work in music production and video editing.

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A really exciting story that could soon become fashionable. If Apple Vision is a worldwide market success, the whole system could be entirely pushed into the virtual world. In addition to the design of foldable MacBooks, any foldable device has its own set of issues. These are the “crease points“, where the display folds – some devices already on the market have shown these points to be particularly prone to damage.

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3 responses to “A foldable MacBook Pro at 20″?! – Yes, please, Apple!”

    grrrz says:
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    a touchscreen will never be a replacement for an actual keyboard, I really don’t see it

      pixelwash says:
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      You are wrong I think. Ipads don’t come with keyboards now – for limited typing. onscreen keyboards are fine, especially if your major focus is tweaking a music software’s parameters

        Anjelica n says:
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        Hilarious comment – obviously you don’t need a keyboard for that!

        Imagine a task which is typing heavy, like writing a novel and then ask yourself if it’s as good without physical keys.

        It may be good enough soon.

        Not now.

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