OLED displays for MacBook Pro delayed until 2026, says analyst

Apple has been known for its high-quality displays, and many users have been waiting for the tech giant to release a MacBook Pro with an OLED display. However, it looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer. According to display analyst Ross Young, the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models will not offer OLED display technology until 2026. Young shared this news in a recent tweet and cited a new Reuters report about Samsung Display’s $3.1 billion investment in OLED production in Asan, South Korea.

2023 MacBook Pro OLED displays

Why Apple’s MacBook Pro won’t have OLED displays until 2026

The report states that Samsung Display’s new facilities will be used to make OLED displays for the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models from 2026. This corroborates with Young’s previous statement, where he said that the MacBook Pro is unlikely to adopt an OLED display until 2026 when Apple’s supply chain is expected to have sufficient notebook-optimized OLED display production capacity.

In the same report, Young also stated that the first OLED Mac is expected to be a MacBook Air with a slightly smaller, 13.4-inch display. Simultaneously, it was reported that Samsung Display has started the development of OLED displays that will be used for this future MacBook Air model.

This news is sure to disappoint some Apple fans who were hoping for an OLED display MacBook Pro sooner rather than later. OLED panels offer better contrast, deeper blacks, and more vibrant colors than traditional LCDs, making them ideal for professionals who need color accuracy and detail in their work.

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However, it seems like Apple is still committed to OLED displays for its future products. The company has already used OLED technology in its iPhone lineup for a few years now and is expected to continue to do so in the future. The delay in bringing OLED panels to the MacBook Pro may be due to supply chain issues or technological challenges that Apple is currently facing.

In addition to the 2026 time frame, the information suggests that Samsung Display will have an omnipresent role in supplying OLED panels for Apple’s next-generation devices. This includes contributing to the 11.1-inch iPad Pro, 13.4-inch MacBook Air, and the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

It will be interesting to see how Apple’s OLED display technology progresses over the next few years and how it compares to the MicroLED technology that the company is rumored to be developing. In the meantime, Apple fans will have to settle for the existing displays on the MacBook Pro until 2026.

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Asma is an editor at iThinkDifferent with a strong focus on social media, Apple news, streaming services, guides, mobile gaming, app reviews, and more. When not blogging, Asma loves to play with her cat, draw, and binge on Netflix shows.

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