Apple Rumored to Be Planning OLED iPad Pro in Both 11-Inch and 12.9-Inch Sizes

Apple plans to launch new iPad Pro models with OLED displays in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes in the future, according to a report published today by Ross Young, co-founder and CEO of research firm Display Supply Chain Consultants.

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"Looking at tablets beyond 2022, we expect to see Apple shake-up this category again by launching OLED iPad Pros," wrote Young. While mini-LED display technology is currently limited to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with no mini-LED version of the 11-inch iPad Pro expected this year, Young believes OLED models will be available in both sizes.

Young cited a recent report from Korean website The Elec that claimed LG is aiming to supply OLED displays for 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, while Samsung is also said to be aiming to supply OLED displays for the 11-inch model only. The report said these iPad Pro models are currently expected to launch in 2024.

The Elec claimed that the OLED displays will be low-power LTPO panels, which could allow for future iPad Pro models to have a wider ProMotion refresh rate range between 10Hz and 120Hz, in line with the iPhone 13 Pro models. iPad Pro models have already supported ProMotion since 2017, but with a refresh rate between 24Hz and 120Hz. A refresh rate as low as 10Hz would allow for even more power efficiency.

The displays are also expected to utilize a two-stack tandem structure for increased brightness and a longer lifespan, The Elec said.

Young has proven to be a reliable source of display-related information for future Apple products. Last year, for example, he accurately claimed that the new iPad mini would feature an 8.3-inch display with the home button removed. He was also first to report that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro would feature ProMotion displays.

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Top Rated Comments

cmaier Avatar
29 months ago

I still don’t understand how this double layer will help increasing the lifespan and preventing burn in issues.
When you have two emission layers stacked, to obtain a particular brightness, each emission layer can emit half the photons. That means each is driven half as hard, decreasing burn-in for each. (because burn-in increases as you apply more current to the emission layers)
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nautilus007 Avatar
29 months ago
So many contradicting reports every few days....its like a tabloid
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wokis Avatar
29 months ago
2024 ok I guess good news for my great great grandchildren then.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kiranmk2 Avatar
29 months ago

I still don’t understand how this double layer will help increasing the lifespan and preventing burn in issues.
OLED lifetime decreases with brightness. To achieve 1000 nits brightness you can do it from 1 single stack device and it will have a lifetime of L hours. You could also achieve it through having a tandem stack where each of the two stacked devices contributes 500 nits. In general when you halve the brightness you quadruple the lifetime, so such a device would then output a total of 1000 nits with a lifetime of 4L hours.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Zdigital2015 Avatar
29 months ago

I’m still on my 2017 iPad Pro (12.9) and I’ve yet to see a reason to upgrade from it. 2024 is looking like the right time and feature set to do so. Should be on M4 by then.
I keep looking at Refurbs iPad Pros and M1 models and I keep coming to the conclusion that until iPadOS is updated with a really compelling use case, I’ll stick with my 2017 12.9” for now. I’m not sinking money into expensive hardware when there is still significant work to make iPadOS a useable daily productivity OS. I don’t need it to be macOS, but there are just shortfalls that need to be addressed and resolved.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr. Dee Avatar
29 months ago
I’m still on my 2017 iPad Pro (12.9) and I’ve yet to see a reason to upgrade from it. 2024 is looking like the right time and feature set to do so. Should be on M4 by then.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)