Samsung Display’s recently announced that it has started mass production of its 90Hz 14-inch and 16-inch OLED laptop panels. These panels could be used in Apple’s upcoming 2022 MacBook Pro models.
2022 MacBook Pro lineup could feature OLED panels manufactured by Samsung Display
Samsung Display has been Lenovo, ASUS, HP, Dell, and Samsung Electronics with its OLED panels for use in laptops. Apple was not mentioned as been a customer by the Korean website The Elec has previously reported that Samsung Display new production process for OLED displays will be used by the Cupertino tech giant for future OLED MacBook models.
Apple currently uses LCD displays with a 60Hz refresh rate for its MacBook Pro models so the move to OLED and 90Hz would offer significant benefits as OLED panels are lighter and thinner and emit visible light, ideal for low light conditions while a 90Hz refresh rate would result in smoother appearing content. Samsung Display outlined all the benefits of its OLED panels in a brief description:
An OLED panel responds much faster than an LCD panel and can display a more natural-looking image with a lower refresh rate than an LCD panel. According to Samsung Display’s internal tests, its 90Hz OLED panel showed a blur length of 0.9mm, a 10 percent improvement when compared to a 120Hz LCD panel’s blur length in video playback. Shorter blur length means less motion blur and clearer movement when watching videos.
As for the coming weeks, rumors suggest Apple will release its redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch M1X MacBook Pro models soon with mini-LED backlighting. Mini-LED display technology features smaller diodes that are less than 0.2mm in size. It is rumored that the brightness of this display can go up to 4000 nits as compared to the max 1000 nits of brightness Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max offers. Additionally, enabling HDR through local dimming is another advantage of Mini-LED displays.
The Cupertino tech giant already uses OLED displays for Apple Watch, iPhone 12, and iPhone 13. Samsung is reportedly the exclusive supplier of OLED displays for iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.