The iPad already received a significant glow up (literally) this year with its 12.9-inch model debuting Apple’s mini-LED display. Now there are rumours that Apple is planning to adopt OLED displays for some of next year’s iPad models.
According to a report by ETNews, Apple and multiple display companies have agreed on the production and delivery of OLED iPad displays starting in 2022 as “the small and medium-sized OLED market is expected to enter the second growth phase”. This is in line with the contents of the research note from reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in March that said that the 2022 iPad Air will feature an OLED display.
Kuo pointed out that although Apple would adopt Mini-LED displays for the new iPad Pro, other tablet models would switch to OLED displays, beginning with the iPad Air next year. Mini-LED and OLED panels are similarly revered for their ability to display deeper blacks, though the former does not suffer from the issue of burn-in, such as the latter. Kuo stated that it is for that specific reason that Apple has no plans to bring OLED to its productivity devices.
Since the OLED displays for the upcoming iPad will be flat — unlike the custom iPhone panels folded at the bottom — it will cost less than the expensive mini-LED panels. It should be noted that while the new iPad’s mini-LED display tops out at 1,600 nits peak brightness, the iPhone 12 Pro’s OLED only reaches 1,200 nits.
Ikmal Rozlan contributed to this article.