A new report claims Apple’s supply partners are already working on display panels destined for second-generation OLED iPad models.
Samsung Display is reportedly in the process of negotiating prices for new Gen 8.5 OLED deposition equipment to make OLED display panels for devices like tablets. Samsung has plans to use the equipment to mass-produce Gen 8.5 OLED panels in late 2024 for the second-generation version of Apple’s OLED iPad.
The Elec reports that Samsung and LG Display are planning to use existing Gen 6 OLED lines to make the first batch of 11-inch and 12.9-inch OLED panels for Apple’s first-generation iPads launching in 2024.
While mini-LED displays use a backlight, OLED panels use self-emitting pixels and do not require backlighting. This improves the display contrast ratio and also contributes to longer battery life on devices. Apple currently uses OLED displays for its most recent iPhones and all Apple Watch models.
The first OLED iPad models are expected to launch sometime in 2024, so second-generation models could launch as soon as 2025.