Apple Mini-LED Display Supplier Says Demand Shrinking As Rumors Suggest Transition to OLED in Coming Years

One of Apple's leading mini-LED suppliers says demand for displays in consumer products is shrinking while demand for mini-LED in other use cases is rising as Apple eyes a transition to move its iPad and MacBook line to OLED displays in the coming years.

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A new report from DigiTimes today cites industry sources within Epistar, which has been providing mini-LED displays to Apple for some time, saying that demand for mini-LED displays for use in consumer electronic devices is decreasing and that it expects demand for mini-LED displays for use in dashboards and displays for vehicles to spike in 2023.

A report last week suggested Samsung is now prioritizing the development of specific types of OLED displays that Apple plans to use in upcoming iPad Pro models. According to reports, Apple is expected to announce the first iPad Pro with an OLED display in 2024, which has sparked mini-LED suppliers to eye other applications for its displays, according to DigiTimes.

Alongside an OLED ‌iPad Pro‌, Apple is also rumored to launch a 13-inch MacBook Air with an OLED display in 2024. Apple is also considering using an OLED panel in an upcoming iPhone SE refresh, but the company is debating between using an LCD or OLED display, according to reliable display analyst Ross Young.

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Top Rated Comments

Bustycat Avatar
20 months ago

Apple didn't move to OLED in a long time because these displays degrade faster than LCD. Then why is Apple now considering to switch?
Then you can buy more frequently.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jmho Avatar
20 months ago
I have an LG C2 OLED next to my Pro Display XDR, and 16" miniLED MacBook Pro and the OLED absolutely destroys them both in terms of picture quality when watching films and TV.

If burn in is solved then I can't wait for OLED.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Le0M Avatar
20 months ago
Apple didn't move to OLED in a long time because these displays degrade faster than LCD. Then why is Apple now considering to switch?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Radon87000 Avatar
20 months ago

OLED will be used on consumer Apple products, mini-LED on prosumer ones. Apple needs HDR across the board, sufficiently bright OLED is a “cheap” way to get there. But it won’t replace miniLED and local dimming any time soon. Next evolutionary step is then micro-LEDs which will replace both.
I would say it’s the opposite. OLED is far superior to MiniLED in HDR as it has effectively millions of dimming zones vs; 2500 on the MiniLED making for a much more impressive contrast ratio. Yes it isn’t as bright but it doesn’t need to hit the same brightness due to higher perceived contrast. This is a-art from the much better Color volume OLED provides especially QD OLED

I have an OLED monitor, OLED TV AMD a MiniLED iPad and in the dark the OLED just crushes the MiniLED.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bonte Avatar
20 months ago
No need for OLED unless the technique improved a lot, miniLED is more than capable for the current form factors.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
20 months ago
I’m ready for that OLED iPad 16” Display.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)