According to a new report, Apple could release second-generation OLED iPad models in 2024 following its rumored iPad Pro with OLED.
Apple suppliers already preparing for second-gen OLED iPads, first-gen has yet to launch
As reported by The Elec, Samsung Display is working on negotiations to supply its Gen 8.5 OLED panels to various outlets. The Gen 8.5 OLED panels are cheaper compared to Gen 6 tablets used in the iPhone 13. The manufacturer also plans to mass-produce these panels in late 2024 to be used in Apple’s second-generation OLED iPad.
Several Apple devices already use mini-LED displays and OLED would be the logical step after that. The OLED tandem stack Apple plans to reportedly use in the OLED iPads will also major improvements across the board. It will improve the brightness of the displays, increase their lifespan and improve power consumption by around 30%, says Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross Young.
Furthermore, the displays will also 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.
Apple is widely expected to equip its 1-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with OLED displays supplied by LG Display and Samsung. These panels will continue using Gen 6 OLED production lines. In addition, Apple is also planning to add OLED to other iPads, possibly the iPad Air or the mysterious 14-inch iPad that has been circulating in the news recently.
Alongside the OLED iPad Pro, Apple also plans to launch a new 13.3-inch OLED MacBook Air by 2024. Though the device is expected to be a MacBook Air, it could also be a MacBook Pro, a MacBook, or a “new category.”
If today’s report is accurate, it could mean that Apple is planning to add OLED displays to all of its iPads, not just the iPad Pro.