Apple will release a new 13-inch MacBook Air, 11-inch iPad Pro, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro model with OLED displays in 2024, according to a new report from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young.
OLED display tech to be expanded to iPads and Macs in coming years
In an exclusive tweet to subscribers, Young revealed that Apple will expand OLED technology to the displays of the 13-inch MacBook Air, 11-inch iPad Pro, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro by 2024. The analyst did not provide further information regarding his prediction.
This is not the first time Young has said that 2024 will be the year that will see OLED display technology be expanded to both iPad Pro models. Earlier this year, respected TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple will expand its mini-LED display tech to the 11-inch model by 2022. At the time simply said that this was “not gonna happen.” Later on, he said that in “2024 we will see OLEDs on both [iPad Pro models].”
Several Apple devices already use mini-LED displays and LCD, so, OLED would be the next logical step. The OLED tandem stack Apple plans to reportedly use in the 2024 iPad Pro models will offer major improvements across the board. It will improve the brightness of the displays, increase their lifespan and improve power consumption by around 30%, Young has previously said.
While the iPad Pro models already feature ProMotion with a 24Hz to 120Hz refresh rate, it would be new for the MacBook Air. The display for the 2024 MacBook Air will feature LPTO for a variable refresh rate ranging from 1Hz to 120Hz. A variable refresh rate makes tasks more fluid and helps to preserve battery life.
In related news, Apple is reported to be working on a foldable product with a 20.25-inch display. Apple plans to announce this 20-inch foldable device only after it expands OLED to its iPads and Macs. The Cupertino tech giant’s plan to expand OLED displays to all of its MacBooks has been pushed back from 2025 to 2026, it is likely that it will announce the 20-inch MacBook with a foldable display by 2027.