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Future MacBooks Said to Adopt Brighter OLED Displays That Consume Less Battery Life

Apple is looking to use OLED displays rather than current LCD technology for its future MacBook series, according to Korean website ETNews.

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The report, citing unnamed sources, said Apple is currently looking into ways of using OLED displays for MacBooks and testing their performance. It does not provide a timeline as to when Apple might release its first OLED-based MacBook.

The switch to OLED technology could have several benefits for future MacBooks, including lower power consumption for longer battery life. OLED panels are often thinner, too, which could allow for a slimmer and lighter MacBook design.

Other potential advantages of OLEDs include increased brightness, sharper colors, and faster response times compared to LCDs.

The report said Apple is actively expanding uses of OLED displays for its major products, one of which is widely rumored to be the iPhone starting next year.

Apple already has experience using OLED displays in limited applications, including the Apple Watch and the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, but adapting the technology to larger screens can pose manufacturing challenges.

Today's report pegged Samsung as Apple's supplier of Touch Bar panels, and that partnership could extend to MacBook displays in the future.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo yesterday said Apple will release new MacBooks in the second half of 2017. New and existing notebooks are said to receive price cuts, while adoption of Intel's Cannonlake processors if readied could allow for up to 32GB of RAM versus the max 16GB of RAM in current models.

Related Roundups: MacBook Pro, MacBook
Tags: etnews.com, OLED
Buyer's Guide: MacBook Pro (Neutral), MacBook (Don't Buy)


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21 weeks ago
OLED panels are often thinner

Oh, thank God! Already having major back problems carrying my new .7mm thick MacBook pro!
Rating: 41 Votes
21 weeks ago
Oh, NOW we get tons of rumors...
Rating: 38 Votes
21 weeks ago
slimmer and thinner...
no thank you.
Thin enough. More battery. More Power. More Ram. More accurate color-displays.

But NO, NOT thinner and lighter please.
And NO more HIPSTER-emoji-bar.
Rating: 22 Votes
21 weeks ago
Hmmmm.... maybe I should just keep waiting another 5 years.
Rating: 19 Votes
21 weeks ago

while adoption of Intel's Cannonlake processors if readied could allow for up to 32GB of RAM versus the max 16GB of RAM in current models.


What BS is this??? There are other Skylake laptops on the market that employ 32GB of RAM (looking at Dell XPS 15)
Rating: 18 Votes
21 weeks ago
I can already here Schiller go on about how it's Apple's brightest, most power efficient screen ever. Heh.
Rating: 13 Votes
21 weeks ago
Don't forget the disadvantages to OLED - namely whilst black is black, it can be too jarring and create too much "edge" for want of a better word around on pixels. There are also issues that whilst black is black so are the next 20 minor shades of black above which an LCD would display properly - so you tend to get images which look like the contrast is far too high.

Brightness, image burn and lifetime of display are all issues too though they've largely been improving drastically each year as the TV technology improves - that jarring black issue is my biggest problem on both phones and OLED TV's though - to my eye its unpleasant.
Rating: 12 Votes
21 weeks ago
Prediction: MacBook Pros in the future will be magical.
Rating: 12 Votes
21 weeks ago

What BS is this??? There are other Skylake laptops on the market that employ 32GB of RAM (looking at Dell XPS 15)


Yeah, but it gets 4-5 hours battery life. It's the worst on the market for it.
Rating: 8 Votes
21 weeks ago
That means they can be even thinner
Rating: 6 Votes

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