OLED iPad: Here’s everything we know

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After introducing iPads with LCD and miniLED display technologies over the last decade, Apple is said to be ready for an OLED iPad. While other competitors already offer tablets with an OLED screen, here’s why Apple is taking so long, why they plan to do it now, and which models will get the perfect blacks that this technology has.

Why is Apple preparing an OLED iPad now?

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that the first OLED iPad would launch in 2022, but subsequently said that this plan had been abandoned. In a later report, the analyst said that Apple still expects to launch an OLED iPad sometime in the near future.

DSCC’s Ross Young recently spoke about why Apple decided to produce an OLED iPad after all these years – and the answer is quite simple. Costs are falling. Young believes that the performance of OLED panels will not only improve in the next few years thanks to tandem stacks and phosphorescent blue emitters, but the cost will also come down from larger fabs.

When should we expect an OLED iPad to be revealed?

OLED iPad: Here’s everything we know

According to DSCC Ross Young, Apple will focus on this type of iPad starting in 2024. In a report from last year, Elec said that Apple is slowly shifting through four types of display technology for its products.

It started with IPS LCD with conventional backlighting, IPS LCD with miniLED backlighting, which is now used on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, and in the near future OLED.

The report believes that the first OLED iPad – and even OLED MacBook – is expected to appear around the 2023-2026 time frame. Today, 2024 seems to be the sweet spot for the iPad and 2026 for the Mac.

After this transition, Apple will finally switch to microLED:

Despite the similarity in name with miniLED, this is a completely different technology. It is actually a much more sophisticated version of OLED. It is brighter, more power 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 will likely come to the Apple Watch first, then the iPhone, iPad and Macs, in that order.

Which iPads will have an OLED display?

OLED iPad rumors increase credibility

When analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first said that Apple was readying an OLED iPad, he expected the company to bring this technology to the iPad Air and then to the base model iPad and iPad mini, as it would focus the miniLED technology on the iPad Pro.

But as DSCC’s Ross Young noted that this technology will evolve quite a bit in the next few years – as well as getting cheaper – it makes sense that Apple could be preparing a new generation iPad Pro with an OLED display, followed by the others iPads.

For the iPhone, for example, Apple is said to offer different kinds of OLED panels for the 14 series. Elec reports.

Samsung Display will use different grades of materials on the OLED panels it will manufacture for the upcoming iPhone 14 series depending on the model levels, TheElec has learned.

It will use its latest and most advanced material kit for the higher-tier iPhone 14 models, while it will use its previous-generation kit for the lower tiers, sources said. The move is being made to save costs, they said […]

With that in mind, it would make sense if the company follows the same trend with its entire iPad lineup.


We’re at least a few years away from seeing Apple unveil an OLED iPad. While the time is not yet, the company is expected to introduce another iPad Pro with miniLED technology.

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