Samsung Aiming to Supply OLED Displays for Both iPads and MacBooks
Samsung is planning to build a new production line in South Korea to make larger OLED displays suitable for tablets and notebooks, with the company ultimately aiming to fulfill orders for future Apple products, according to The Elec.
The Elec previously reported that Apple plans to release its first iPad Pro models with OLED displays in 2024 and said that Samsung would produce displays for those models at one of its existing lines. Samsung's future production line would be located at a different factory and be capable of creating OLED displays large enough for notebooks, paving the way for a MacBook Pro with an OLED display, which is rumored to launch in 2025 or later.
Apple has been transitioning its iPad and MacBook lines to mini-LED displays over the last year, and OLED would be the next step after that. Unlike mini-LED displays, OLED panels use self-emitting pixels and do not require backlighting, which could improve contrast ratio and contribute to longer battery life on future iPad and MacBook models. Apple already uses OLED displays for its latest iPhones and all Apple Watch models.
In the meantime, Apple is rumored to be planning more devices with mini-LED displays, including a new 27-inch monitor that could essentially be a Studio Display Pro.
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In case you’re wondering, current pentile OLEDs in smartphones have already outperformed QD-OLED before QD-oled even existed.
Basically, one of the traditional ways of doing OLED was a white OLED panel that goes through a color filter. This filter loses brightness, so they add a 4th pixel of white to add luminosity.
QD-OLED uses a blue OLED panel with quantum dots in front that absorb and re-emit photons in red and green. The blue that comes through is the original blue from the back panel. Its brighter than using a color filter, which means the actual OLED panel isn't driven as hard, which means you aren't pushing into burn-in territory (theoretically)...and you don't need a 4th pixel. They also use 3 layers of Blue OLED to get the full brightness, again, reducing the wear and tear that turns into burn-in.
LTT had some videos both on the tech and reviewing the Alienware monitor.
This is a pretty long comparison of multiple display technologies, QD-OLED starts about a third of the way down.