We already had a recent report about the iPad OLED screen speculating what kind of display Apple will use, and today we get another one.
This one suggests that the iPad OLED will adopt a new advanced two-layer design, and Apple’s display suppliers Samsung and LG are both planning to produce the new panels…
Apple’s four-generation display journey
We talked last year about Apple’s display roadmap:
- IPS LCD with conventional backlight. This is still used in older Macs and cheaper iPhones.
- IPS LCD display with miniLED backlight. Apple switched to this for the iPad Pro models and is now using it in the new MacBook Pro. It allows for darker blacks and brighter whites, and makes a surprising difference.
- OLED. Apple first adopted it in the Apple Watch before bringing it to the iPhone, starting with the iPhone X. Apple hasn’t used it in iPads or MacBooks yet, but is expected to. to do during the period 2023-2026.
- MicroLED. Despite the similarity in name with miniLED, it is a completely different technology. It’s actually a much more sophisticated version of OLED. It is brighter, more energy efficient and does not suffer from burn-in. Apple’s interest in microLED dates back to at least 2014, and while there have been some signs of progress, this technology is still at a very early stage of development. As with OLED, it’s likely to come to the Apple Watch first, then to the iPhone, iPad and Macs, in that order.
We are expects Apple to launch at least one new iPad model this year – likely at an event in October – but no one is now predicting that these will include an OLED model.
Earlier Hybrid Screen Report
A supply chain report last week indicated that Apple was to use a glass-polyamide hybrid film display for the first OLED iPad.
The flexible polyamide film provides the flexibility needed for the small bezels of current iPhone models, as well as other advantages over glass. It is easier to work with, cheaper to produce and lighter. It risks a small amount of deformation, but it’s too small to see with the naked eye.
The problem arises when you adapt it to the larger panels used on iPads. Here, this deformation can become visible, so Apple should opt for a hybrid panel using a mixture of glass and film substrates.
Dual-Layer OLED iPad Display
Today’s report, also from The elect, says the company will also use new advanced OLED technology developed by both Samsung and LG. Known as “twin-stack tandem OLED”, it uses two pixel layers instead of one.
Apple is expected to launch its first OLED iPad in 2024 with a dual-battery tandem OLED panel […]
The single-stack OLED indicates that there is a red, green and blue emitting layer, while the dual-stack tandem OLED indicates that there is an additional extra layer.
Having two RGB emission layers stacked in tandem increases screen brightness while extending screen life, making the technology more optimal for tablets and PCs that are used longer than smartphones .
This technology is compatible with hybrid panels.
As with miniLED, the technology will come first on the iPad Pro models.
However, this year’s new iPad Pro is expected to stick with the IPS LCD display with miniLED backlight. You can find out more about what we’re expecting in our preview of an October Apple event.
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