OLED MacBook Air Reportedly Now in Development as Apple Plans to Bring New Display Technology to Multiple Product Lines

Samsung Display is developing a 13.3-inch OLED panel for a future MacBook Air model amid plans to switch several of Apple's product lines to the display technology, The Elec reports.

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LG Display is apparently developing OLED displays for both of the next-generation iPad Pro models in 11- and 13-inch sizes, and lacks sufficient production capacity for the ‌MacBook Air‌, leading Apple to choose Samsung for the device instead. Samsung Display is also purportedly developing an 11-inch OLED panel for a future iPad model planned for launch next year, suggesting that it could take a share of the 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ orders from LG.

Apple apparently plans to sequentially introduce new ‌iPad Pro‌, MacBook Pro, and ‌MacBook Air‌ models with OLED displays. The Elec is unsure when the OLED ‌MacBook Air‌ will be released, but suggests it could be around two years away due to Apple's product development timescales. Display analyst Ross Young has previously said that he expects a ‌MacBook Air‌ with an OLED panel to launch as soon as 2024.

It is believed that Apple originally wanted Samsung Display to supply a 10.86-inch OLED panel for a future iPad Air model, which would have been its first OLED ‌iPad‌, before the project was scrapped due to the single stack panel's price and quantity issues, as well as concerns around the need to differentiate the iPad Air from the ‌iPad Pro‌. Apple is now said to have moved to a more reliable two-stack OLED panel that is expected to debut on the ‌iPad Pro‌ next year.

The Elec also claims that the project to develop an 13.3-inch OLED panel for a ‌MacBook Air‌ is also effectively a test for mass production of OLED panels for future MacBook Pro models.

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Top Rated Comments

Joelj Avatar
17 months ago
Please keep a non OLED range for users it gives headaches, otherwise I'm stuck on M2 Air and iPhone 11 for the foreseeable future.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
krspkbl Avatar
17 months ago
yes!!

a 15" OLED Air is the perfect device. i know this is just saying 13.3" but if the 15" rumors are true it will come to that too at some point.


Please keep a non OLED range for users it gives headaches, otherwise I'm stuck on M2 Air and iPhone 11 for the foreseeable future.
you'll be stuck buying cheap/entry level Apple products. OLED is going to be on iPads and Macs soon enough. you must be in the minority because OLED is everywhere. it's quite difficult to buy any modern phone without OLED lol.

OLED is the best display tech out. You'll be waiting a LONG time for MicroLED iPhones.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Leon Ze Professional Avatar
17 months ago
H'mmm never once did they allude to a 15 inch OLED Macbook Air? ?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MayaUser Avatar
17 months ago

Mini LED ain't accurate lol.


It's Apple...

Any excuse to bump up the price. They 100% will increase price for OLED.
compared to micro Led, of course not..but compared to the standard lcd and oled...are far more accurate for professional use...
In our use for Maya 3d modelling Oled are a joke
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vagos Avatar
17 months ago

go ask your dad or mom
Who cares about other people? I care about what I can have! And I care about oled!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Barron Avatar
17 months ago
I am ready for a new 15" MBA. Bring it! :)
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)