Cupertino-based tech giant Apple is preparing to launch a new iPad Pro line-up with OLED displays in 2021, according to a report. The new line-up could follow the next generation of iPad models rumoured to come with a mini-LED display. OLED panels on iPad Pro models are less likely to cause high brightness as well as burn-in issues. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently predicted that the iPad family will start moving to mini-LED displays in the first half of 2021. The iPad Pro model is likely to receive the new treatment first, although it is likely to be gradually moved to other iPads. Also version.
Samsung Display and LG Display are currently developing a new OLED panel that will be shown in the new iPad Pro model in the second half of 2021, The Elec reports. The current iPad Pro line-up uses LCD panels that Apple calls a “liquid retina” display.
Samsung Display is reportedly revamping its production line to produce new OLED screens for the iPad. “The company was adding a distribution room to the base material deposition room to store the red, green and blue colours. This firm will allow a layer of RGB to accumulate, transmit the substrate to the front of the production line, and stack an emitting layer above it, “the report reads.
The new OLED structure is expected to stack two to three emitting layers to increase the longevity of the display panel.
Similar to Samsung Display, LG Display is also reportedly busy preparing its new OLED panels for the next generation iPad Pro line-up.
Before switching to OLED, Apple could bring a mini-LED display to the iPad family. Several reports have suggested in the past that mini-LED iPad models may go into mass production in the coming months. Although the iPad Pro line-up may be the first time a shift to mini-LED displays, Kuo had mentioned in a note to investors earlier this year that the new technology would also be part of the new iPad mini model.
The Elec report suggests that the adoption of OLED for Apple’s iPad Pro line-up could be delayed – depending on the “adoption scale” of the mini-LED display and it also mentions that the Mini-LED iPad Pro may reach the first half of 2021.