According to a new report, Samsung and LG are setting up their facilities for the mass manufacturing of the first iPad Pro models with OLED panels. The displays are referred to as “hybrid” panels in the report because they combine rigid and flexible OLED technologies.
Apple suppliers preparing their factories for mass production of iPad Pro OLED displays
According to South Korea’s ETNews, Apple suppliers have begun preparing for the mass production of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) panels for the 2024 iPad Pro models.
In December 2022, Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) analyst Ross 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. TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also said that Apple will release an OLED MacBook by the end of 2024.
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.
After transitioning its product lineup to OLED, it’s anticipated that Apple will incorporate microLED into each of its major product categories. It is believed that Apple will use the microLED display technology it has been researching for several years in a late 2024 upgrade to the Apple Watch Ultra. After that, the tech giant might incorporate the same technology into the remainder of its range of products, which includes its iPhone, iPad, and Mac models.
MicroLED technology uses tiny LEDs to create pixels, improving efficiency while providing more accurate color, high contrast for better HDR and viewing in poor lighting conditions, support for wider viewing angles, less chance of screen burn-in, low latency for higher refresh rates, and support for wider viewing angles.