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Apple iPad Pro with OLED screen could launch in second half of 2021

Apple is said to be making the transition to mini LED displays on the iPad Pro next year but after that, there could be OLED panels on them.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | November 24, 2020 | Updated 11:14 IST

Highlights

  • Apple is said to be working on OLED display iPad Pro models.
  • These iPad Pro models with OLED screen could launch in 2021 second half.
  • Apple will, however, launch the mini LED iPad Pro in the first half.

Apple recently wrapped up launching the new iPhone, Mac, and iPad lineups that bring the best of the company's ecosystem. Now, Apple is working on the next set of devices, including the iPad Pro. But this iPad Pro is not coming anytime soon. It was only a few weeks back when Apple introduced new iPad models, which means the newer ones will arrive next year now. Apple is reported to be working on an iPad model with the mini LED display but there could be one more model. This model will reportedly have an OLED display and that it might come sometime in the second half of 2021.

A new report by The Elec, a South Korean supply chain outlet, is claiming Apple is working on an OLED screen iPad Pro for launch next year. And this development comes at a juncture when industry-wide rumours have pointed out that Apple will make the transition from all types of display material to mini LED for the iPad lineup. Ming-Chi Kuo went so far as to say that the iPad Pro will be the first Apple device to use the new mini LED display. This transition, he said, will begin from iPad's 12.9-inch model, followed by the 11-inch model. This will be a sustainable approach that Apple is poised to take for its products, considering the benefits of the mini LED displays.

The mini LED is a new kind of material that uses a backlighting system different from the one used for LCDs. As a result, the experience is the same as that of an OLED display, but sometimes even more, such as higher brightness, better power efficiency, and, more importantly, a lower risk of burn-in, which is a little more intense on the regular displays that the current iPad lineup comes with.

Now, the new report has given an interesting angle to Apple's roadmap for the iPad Pro models. According to the report, the Cupertino-based company is preparing to go for OLED screens for the iPad Pro tablets that will launch next year. These displays will be provided by Samsung, according to The Elec, and that these screens will be manufactured using a new process that reduces the risk of burn-in. "Samsung Display was renovating one of its production lines at its A4 factory in Asan to produce the OLED screens for the iPad. The company was adding a distribution chamber to the organic material deposition chamber to deposit red, green and blue in tandem. This will allow the firm to deposit one layer of RGB, send the substrate back to the front of the production line, and stack an emitting layer atop it," said the report.

This new tandem structure is more efficient in terms of longevity. Since it allows two to three emitting layers to be stacked, the life of the stack is extended compared to that of the regular stack. Apple is needing the suppliers to provide high specifications for the OLED that the iPad Pro will use, sourced from Samsung Display and LG Display, compared to the "screens that provide for iPhones," The Elec report said citing people familiar with the development.

The report, however, mentions further that the adoption of the OLED iPad Pro models could be delayed over the iPad Pro models with mini LED material, due to the difference in the scale of adoption. The mini LED iPad Pro models will arrive first in the first half of the year 2021 while the OLED iPad Pro models will follow these models in the second half of next year. This would mean that Apple will begin the transition as early as next year to mini LED but it will eventually use the OLED material to see the market response to both kinds.

Previously, The Elec had reported the new iPad Pro models will feature the LiDAR sensor in the camera improvement system for the backside. It is now suggesting some interesting changes about the iPad Pro lineup for the next year, and these changes might turn out to be true considering the track record of The Elec. For consumers, it will be interesting to have options on the iPad Pro, especially because mini LED will be completely new to them but how much difference it would make over the regular OLED panels is something that remains to be seen.

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