According to reliable display analyst Ross Young, Apple is working on a number of game-changing updates for its iPad lineup, including the introduction of a new 14.1-inch model and an 11-inch iPad Pro with an OLED display. Apple is also researching under-screen camera technology and foldable displays for future models.
Apple researching under-screen camera technology and foldable displays for future iPads
As reported by MacRumors, Young predicts that the rumored 14.1-inch iPad model will not feature a mini-LED display, in contrast to previous rumors. Instead, the larger tablet will come with the same LCD display that the current iPad Air is equipped with.
Adding on to this, Young says that Apple does not have any plans to switch the 11-inch iPad Pro’s display to a mini-LED or “Liquid Retina XDR” like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and that it will continue to use its present display technology. This is something Young even confirmed back in June 2022.
The move to OLED panels, which is anticipated for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models concurrently in 2024, is what the tech giant is reportedly waiting for. According to Young, Apple anticipates that the OLED 11-inch iPad Pro will sell in significantly higher volumes than the OLED 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
On the topic of Apple’s future plans for the iPad lineup, Young believes that because the technology is simpler to implement beneath a larger display with fewer pixels per inch, the iPad may get Apple’s under-display TrueDepth camera before the iPhone. The fact that the iPad is produced in lesser volume than the iPhone is thought to make the implementation more practical. Young predicts that this new capability may arrive for the iPad as early as next year.
As for a foldable Apple device, Young reveals that getting an adequate amount of cover glass has been a major barrier to its ability to release a foldable iPhone to consumers. Therefore, a bigger foldable device may launch before a foldable iPhone does since the company does not anticipate having these issues with a larger foldable iPad or MacBook.