We have been hearing rumors since last year that Apple is switching to OLED panels for iPads. The iPad Pro was the most likely candidate for upgrade treatment, but that didn’t happen in 2021 as Apple outfitted the new M1-powered iPad with a mini-LED display. Now, a report from ETNews claims that An OLED display will be blocked for the iPad family in 2022.
According to the report, Apple has lit green an OLED screen for some iPads that will hit the market next year. With an educated guess, the iPad Pro line will be the first to receive an OLED panel upgrade, followed by the iPad Air and finally the Vanilla iPad. Apple is reportedly working with Samsung and LG to source these OLED panels for the iPad family over the next year.
Apple is the biggest name in the global tablet market. As per IDC The company shipped an incredible 53.2 million iPads last year and had a market share of 31.7% by the end of the first quarter of 2021. With such an enormous market share and such large shipping numbers in the bag, Apple’s introduction of OLED panels for the iPad family is touted to fuel healthy expansion for the global small and medium-sized OLED market.
As early as November last year, a report from the same publication predicted that Apple would equip at least one iPad Pro with a mini LED display in 2021 and then switch to an OLED panel next year. Barclay Blayne Curtis, Thomas O’Malley, and Tim Long analysts also predict that there won’t be an iPad that rocks an OLED display until 2022.
Publication with focus on the supply chain in March earlier this year DigiTimes indicated that an OLED upgrade for the iPad range is in sight. That is worth mentioning here With the exception of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, all tablets in the current Apple portfolio are still dependent on LCD panels.
However, it seems that an OLED panel will soon find its way to more Apple hardware. In addition to tablets, Apple allegedly also wants to equip its future MacBooks with an OLED panel. This is unlikely in 2021, however, as the upcoming 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro upgrades are said to have a mini-LED display.
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