OLED screens are being prepared by Apple’s suppliers for future iPads and MacBooks

OLED screens are being prepared by Apple's suppliers for future iPads and MacBooks

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  • Still, when the 11-inch iPad Pro didn’t get invited to the mini-LED party, there was speculation that it would go straight to OLED instead. While supply chain problems made that unlikely to happen this year, that doesn’t mean Apple has stopped working on this — it’s just going to take a bit more time. Many expected that this year’s fifth-generation iPad Air would get the OLED treatment, but sadly that didn’t happen. It may have been in Apple’s plans, but again, the company has been facing more than a few supply chain problems.

  • As a recent report shows that one of Apple’s main suppliers is setting up a manufacturing line for a new generation of OLEDs, speculation that the company would convert to OLED panels for its bigger smartphones has resurfaced. While OLED-equipped iPads and MacBooks had been discussed for years, they were pushed aside when Apple chose mini-LED for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and higher-end MacBook Pro models.

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If true, this suggests that we’ll not only see new iPads with OLED but possibly even new MacBooks. These won’t likely supersede the Mini-LED displays used in Apple’s premium iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models; instead, they’ll fill the gap between the budget LCD-equipped devices and those mid-tier entries like the iPad Air. Despite rumors that last year’s iPad mini was set to go Mini-LED, we have yet to see any Apple products with Mini-LED screens smaller than 12.9 inches. This suggests that Apple could be having trouble building them in smaller sizes. That’s not a problem with OLED, which has been used in the Apple Watch since before it even appeared on the iPhone.

Fortunately, news from Korea’s The Elec should at least give us some hope that OLED screens are still on Apple’s roadmap. According to the report, Samsung Display is getting ready to build its first “Gen 8.5 OLED line” with the ability to produce 15,000 displays a month at a size that’s designed with tablets and notebooks in mind. Sources also say that the line is being built primarily, if not exclusively, for Apple, “which is planning to adopt OLED panels more for its tablets and PC lineups.”

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