New OLED iPad Pro and MacBook Air models are expected to launch in 2024. Business Korea reports that Apple has given orders of OLED display panels for the upcoming 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pro and MacBook to Samsung Display and LG Display and has cut out BOE.
In 2021, Apple introduced mini-LED display tech in 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models and it was expected that the company might transition other models to mini-LED displays as well.
As organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen panels are thinner, lighter, produce high-quality images, and are more power-efficient than LCD panels, industry sources claim that the tech giant is going to upgrade the iPad Pro (11-inch and 12.9-inch) and MacBook Pro models to OLED tech like the iPhone and Apple Watch.
Apple cuts BOE from suppliers list for OLED iPad Pro and OLED MacBook Pro
Apple’s suppliers, Samsung Display, and LG Display BOE were competing for a bigger share of the company’s orders for OLED display panels for new tablets and laptops according to the report. But the tech company has excluded BOE from its suppliers’ list as the others seem more prepared.
LG Display invested 3.3 trillion won in 2021 to secure a sufficient supply capacity. In the first quarter of 2023, it will secure a production capacity of 60,000 sheets per month, which is double the current level.
Samsung Display is known to be active about investing in eighth-generation panel production lines. “We will invest in eighth-generation OLED panels for laptops and tablets,” said Choi Ju-seon, CEO of Samsung Display, in an event in August of last year.
Apple is also preparing to mass-produce MacBooks with OLED panels beginning from 2026. The MacBook is Apple’s flagship laptop, with sales of US$7.3 billion in the first quarter. Many experts expect the OLED panel size to be 14 inches and 16 inches wider than the iPad.