Apple is reportedly planning to bring OLED display technology to a range of its devices within the next few years, according to a report from Taiwan’s ET News. The company is said to be introducing OLED displays to nine new devices by 2027, with the iPad mini and iPad Air set to receive the technology in 2026.
The iPad Pro models will be the first to feature OLED displays, with their release expected next year. Following that, the iPad mini and iPad Air will also adopt the technology. The iPad mini’s screen size will increase from 8.3 to 8.7 inches, while the iPad Air will maintain its 10.9-inch display.
Rumors are circulating about a 12.9-inch iPad Air model, set to be released with an LCD display in early 2022, which will then receive an OLED panel in 2027. Apple plans to use a low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) OLED panel for the iPad Pro, and a single-stack low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) panel for the iPad mini and iPad Air.
The high-end iPad Pro models will continue to feature ProMotion technology, providing refresh rates of up to 120Hz. However, this feature will not be available on the other iPad models.
Apple is also planning to improve the iPad Pro’s OLED panels in 2027, with the use of Color Filter on Encapsulation (CoE) technology to enhance light efficiency and reduce power consumption by approximately 20%. This could also pave the way for the introduction of under-display camera technology to the iPad.
In addition to the iPads, Apple is reportedly incorporating OLED displays into its MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models. The 16-inch MacBook Pro will receive OLED displays in 2025, followed by the 14-inch model in 2026. The transition from LCD to OLED will also occur for the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Air models in 2026.
OLED displays offer several advantages over LCD panels, including increased brightness, higher contrast ratio, greater color accuracy, and lower power consumption. Apple already uses OLED displays for its iPhone and Apple Watch models, with the exception of the iPhone SE. The thinner and lighter nature of OLED panels makes them particularly suitable for the iPad.
With these plans to introduce OLED technology across multiple devices, Apple aims to enhance the visual experience and overall performance of its product lineup in the coming years.
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