iPad Pro Could Adopt OLED Display With ProMotion Down to 10Hz in 2023 or 2024

Apple is planning two new iPad Pro models with low-power LTPO OLED displays for release in 2023 or 2024, according to Korean website The Elec. The report claims that one of the new models will likely have a 12.9-inch display.

OLED iPad Air
While the iPad Pro has featured ProMotion since 2017, the device supports a smaller range of refresh rates between 24Hz and 120Hz. Following in the footsteps of the iPhone 13 Pro, the switch to LTPO OLED display technology could pave the way for future iPad Pro models to support a wider range of refresh rates between 10Hz and 120Hz.

Refresh rates supported by 2017 and newer iPad Pro models:

  • 120Hz
  • 60Hz
  • 40Hz
  • 30Hz
  • 24Hz

Refresh rates supported by the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max:

  • 120Hz
  • 80Hz
  • 60Hz
  • 48Hz
  • 40Hz
  • 30Hz
  • 24Hz
  • 20Hz
  • 16Hz
  • 15Hz
  • 12Hz
  • 10Hz

In an investor note with TF International Securities, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently claimed that Apple abandoned its plans to release an iPad with an OLED display in 2022, with multiple sources now agreeing on a 2023 or later timeframe.

It's worth noting that, back in July, Display Supply Chain Consultants analyst Ross Young claimed that the first iPad with an OLED display would be released in 2023. Young has proven to be a reliable source for display-related rumors, including accurately revealing that the new iPad mini would feature an 8.3-inch display.

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Top Rated Comments

Lukomaldini Avatar
36 months ago
So, apple invest billions into mini led for the iPad Pro, release the iPad Pro with constrained supply then turn around in a years time and say, actually, no, we will use OLED. Something smells fishy to me. I would imagine they would be pushing for Micro-LED before the go to OLED…
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
36 months ago
While it would be nice, especially if it came along with PWM (I love me some good PWM), I doubt it. The effort they went through to get miniLED going seems like work they wouldn’t abandon.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jmh600cbr Avatar
36 months ago
Can I just have a dang MacBook Pro?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxray Avatar
36 months ago

Why should apple wait though and have LCD panels until 2023? Mini led is very good for most part certainly for content. So if the cycle goes

LCD
mini led
OLED
micro

that seems like a good idea.
I’m saying they should’ve gone straight from LCD to OLED this year. Skip mini-led altogether.

Apple already has used OLED since 2015 on Apple Watches and OLED on iPhone since 2017. There’s little to no risk of burn-in on Apple’s OLED panels and they get just as bright as Mini-LED but with no blooming and are more power efficient.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
36 months ago
Wonder how it’s going to effect the battery life. 2023 is a good time frame. Take your time with iPad Apple.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Shirasaki Avatar
36 months ago
Oh ok so now they suddenly think “hmm, OLED is still pretty darn good so let’s bring OLED to iPad Pro instead of iPad Air”. Wow… mind blowing achievements. :rolleyes:

I know miniLED is supposed to be transitional technology but somehow miniLED is no longer good enough? Or apple managed to secure a few OLED suppliers that is not Samsung?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)