Apple Could Release OLED iPad With Samsung Display Panel in 2024

Apple might release an iPad with an OLED display provided by Samsung in 2024, according to a report from The Elec. Samsung is developing the necessary equipment to create the OLED panels that Apple wants for its iPads, but Apple will need to make a big enough order to make the project financially viable.

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The Elec says that Apple and Samsung were working together to create a 10.86-inch OLED panel in 2021, but work on the display was halted in the third quarter. Apple asked for panels with a "two stack tandem structure," but the project was too expensive for Samsung and Samsung was not able to manufacture enough of the panels at the right price.

For the second collaboration, if Apple places a "large enough order," Samsung will be able to finalize its spending plans during the second quarter of 2022, ordering the necessary equipment during the third quarter. The equipment is expected to be delivered in 2023 for Samsung to manufacture displays destined for a 2024 OLED ‌iPad‌.

The report suggests that Samsung is working to expand its Gen 8.5 IT OLED panels to offer the technology that Apple wants at the price Apple wants, but it needs new machinery to do so as well as Apple's approval. Samsung's current Gen 5.5 and Gen 6 substrates make the panels too expensive because there are not enough units cut out per substrate.

The South Korean display panel maker's development of a vertical deposition machine, in collaboration with Japan's Ulvac, for use in Gen 8.5 IT OLED panel that started last year was ongoing as of January 2022, sources told TheElec.

The equipment, along with fine metal masks (FMM) used to deposit organic materials precisely on the substrate, is a key technology needed to commercialize Gen 8.5 IT OLED panels.

The launch of a 2024 OLED ‌iPad‌ may depend on whether Apple decides to order a substantial number of OLED display panels from Samsung, but Apple could also opt to go with panels from another display provider.

Recent rumors have suggested that Apple is working with BOE on larger-sized OLED panels destined for Macs and iPads, with BOE's recently converted factory able to manufacture OLED displays that are up to 15 inches in size.

At the current time, Apple uses OLED displays for the iPhone and the Apple Watch, but Macs and iPads are limited to LCD and mini-LED. There have been continuous rumors about Apple's interest in OLED panels for devices like Macs and iPads, but the technology may still be a few years away due to the high cost of OLED display panels.

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Top Rated Comments

justiny Avatar
19 weeks ago

as someone who personally very much dislikes mini LED on my iPad & MacBook Pro, this would be great. My iPhone has no blooming and looks amazing in all conditions. My iPad and MacBook Pro are unreadable with black backgrounds. I wish MiniLED had never happened.
I’m honestly not trying to provoke. Blooming is a non-issue for me, and really only if I crank the brightness ridiculously high with 95% of the display pure black and I’m trying to look for it.

The mini-LED on my MBP 16 is gorgeous. If it was unreadable, which I would believe to be a deal-breaker on any laptop, I’d return it.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GMShadow Avatar
19 weeks ago
I just don’t see Apple investing millions and millions into mini LED just to abandon it for OLED a few years later.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adamjackson Avatar
19 weeks ago
as someone who personally very much dislikes mini LED on my iPad & MacBook Pro, this would be great. My iPhone has no blooming and looks amazing in all conditions. My iPad and MacBook Pro are unreadable with black backgrounds. I wish MiniLED had never happened.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
james2538 Avatar
19 weeks ago

I'm confused though. Isn't mini LED superior to OLED except for the blooming issue? Better HDR experience on mini-LED vs OLED.
You're confusing Micro and Mini LED.

Display quality wise: Micro-LED (Doesn't exist in commercial products yet) > OLED (TVs, iPhones, Watch) > Mini-LED (MacBook/iPad Pros) > Full Array LED (More Expensive LCD TVs) > Edge Lit LED (Cheaper LCD TVs)

With Micro-LED and OLED each individual pixel can be lit and unlit so there is no need for a backlight; thus giving an infinite contrast ratio with perfect blacks. While OLED do have burn-in issues, that has gotten much better within the past few years. Both Mini-LED and Full Array LED suffer from blooming. They essentially are the same thing, with Mini-LED just shoving a ton more individual dimming zones in its backlighting. Edge Lit LED have the worst contrast ratios since there is no way to dim only certain parts of the screen.

As far as HDR is concerned it's a subjective experience. OLED can provide a wider contrast ratio but all other LED based displays can get much brighter. Personally I prefer my retinas not to be seared out when watching a movie on a TV in a dark room. However in a laptop/tablet used outdoors Mini-LED makes more sense as a stop gap until Micro-LED matures.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mi7chy Avatar
19 weeks ago
Wasn't it BOE the other day? For the price you're paying you should get a Samsung OLED panel and not BOE though. iPadOS needs to retire though and replaced with MacOS.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RONS67 Avatar
19 weeks ago
BREAKING NEWS!
Apple might release an iPad with an OLED display provided by Samsung in 2023. The launch of a 2023 OLED ‌iPad‌ may depend on whether Apple decides to order a substantial number of OLED display panels from Samsung, but Apple could also opt to go with panels from another display provider. Or not. You read it here first!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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