Apple’s current iPad lineup comes with LCD or mini-LED displays, but the company reportedly plans to switch to OLED later than expected. An earlier report had established that OLED would arrive on the iPad Air in 2022, but reliable display and supply chain analysts now agree that 2023 is the first period for an OLED iPad. A report from Elec claims that Apple will bring OLED displays to the iPad Pro line with the help of LG Display.
Today’s report says that development of the display started for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro first, although Apple will bring it to the 11-inch iPad Pro as well. These would use LG’s newly developed low-temperature polycrystalline oxide TFT technology in an effort to increase panel brightness and life and allow a more variable range for the refresh rate.
Apple reportedly planned to bring an OLED display to the iPad Air in partnership with Samsung, but the company reportedly abandoned this development. The Elec notes that Apple could still bring OLED to the iPad Air first regardless. While it’s confusing for an “inferior” device to get better tech first, the iPad Air’s lower price tag means that it would theoretically make sense for Apple to play volume with the Air before it does. fully deploy on the iPad Pro.
It’s not like Apple’s iPad screens are bad anyway. The iPad Pro and the iPad Air both have excellent displays, as we noted in their reviews. OLED is simply better because it allows for much deeper blacks and richer contrast. Most high-end smartphones, including those from Apple, have switched to using OLEDs, and even competing tablets from Samsung have already adopted high-resolution OLED displays.
An OLED iPad Pro would widen the gap between Apple and other Android tablets. The iPad Pro would not only have the most powerful chip or the best software ecosystem, but also a screen that makes it a multimedia powerhouse. If price weren’t a factor, Apple could end up releasing an objectively best hardware tablet on the market.
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