Oled technology would arrive on the iPad… but not before 2024

Apple would multiply the prototypes of iPad Oled to take all the necessary precautions before production. The firm and its suppliers would be preparing in this case for a launch somewhere in 2024.

The iPad Air M1 of 2022 // Source: FRANDROID – Anthony WONNER

The information comes to us this time fromETNews : Apple would work more and more assiduously on the preparation of iPad Oled. Based on its sources within the industry, the Korean media is in line with previous rumors, indicating that the American giant would be ready for a launch in 2024. The firm is currently working on several final prototypes exploiting the technology of OLED display, a first for the iPad.

To take all the necessary precautions, Apple would indeed have created several different prototypes and would repeat the test processes on them to retain only the most reliable and advantageous solutions. An important methodology for Apple, which has so far only used Oled technology on the small screens of its iPhones and Apple Watches.

The iPads of 2024 would switch to OLED

We also learn fromETNews that Apple would use a new manufacturing technique for the Oled screen of its future iPads: dry engraving. Screen dry etching is a chemical process to make the screen thinner and lighter. By using this technique for the first time, Apple would like to limit the thickness and weight of its next slates as much as possible. The other side of the coin is that this process is expensive and will probably have an impact on the final price of these new products.

Apple iPad Pro 12.9 inch M1 2021
The Mini LED screen of the iPad Pro, for illustration // Source: FRANDROID – Anthony WONNER

Anyway, Apple would also develop a new coating to make its Oled tiles more solid… and therefore durable. These panels would otherwise be provided jointly by the Koreans Samsung Display and LG Display, OLED specialists with whom Apple has been collaborating for years, in particular for the screens of its iPhones.

By adopting Oled screens on its iPads, the Cupertino giant indirectly encourages the industry to invest massively in the production of medium-sized Oled panels. This could ultimately lead to a reduction in manufacturing costs. As a reminder, the iPad (all models combined) alone represents 40% of the tablet market and sells nearly 60 million units each year.


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