Industry sources have been claiming that Apple will replace the mini-LED display with an OLED display in future MacBook Pro and iPad Pro models for a while now. A new report by The Elec states that Apple has begun production of OLED panels without polarizers to make them thinner.
Samsung to provide new OLED panels for Apple, suitable for foldable devices
Samsung Display is Apple’s major OLED supplier for iPhones. Previously, it was reported that the tech giant wanted to use a new two-stack OLED display for future iPads and Mac models to increase the brightness and durability of the display.
According to the new report, the tech giant has given a green signal to an OLED panel that doesn’t use a polarizer which will make the panel thinner, brighter, and more suitable for foldable devices.
Polarizers are used in a display to allow lights to pass through a certain direction to improve their visibility but reduce their brightness. Having said that, the loss of visibility by removing the polarizer can be made up for with other tweaks.
Polarizers are used to allow only lights in certain directions to pass through, thereby improving the visibility of the display.
Its use lessens the brightness, thereby affecting the luminance efficiency of the panel as well. Companies usually increase the power consumption of the panels to offset this but this also leads to less lifespan for the panels.
Removing the polarizer and applying technology with a similar effect resolves these trade-offs.
Manufactured by Samsung Display, the new display tech is used in Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 which uses a printed color filter on a thin film encapsulation (CF) instead of a polarizer film to offer vivid colors through the color filter. It can be assumed that Apple might launch a foldable iPhone with the new display technology.
Samsung Display is calling its CF on TFE technology ECO2, or Eco Square. The company had claimed that this technology can increase light transmittance by 33% and lower power consumption by 25% more than its previous display panels.