Apple industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple plans to release the first MacBook with an OLED display as soon as the end of 2024. Kuo tweeted on Wednesday that OLED technology would allow for thinner and lighter MacBook designs.
Compared to mini-LED, laptops that use OLEDs have the advantage of being thinner and lighter and offering more diverse form factor design options, like folding, so it has caused Apple to plan to ship the OLED MacBook by the end of 2024 at the earliest.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) January 11, 2023
Currently, all MacBook models sport LCD panels, with 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro featuring mini-LED backlighting and ProMotion. Unlike LCD panels, OLED displays have self-emitting pixels and do not require backlighting. This would give MacBooks better contrast ratio and longer battery life.
Kuo did not specify the MacBook model that would first boast the OLED display. However, display industry analyst Ross Young recently said Apple has plans for a new 13-inch MacBook Air with an OLED display in 2024, as well as new 11.1-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro models with OLED displays next year..
In other display-related news, a report from Bloomberg says Apple has plans to bring the manufacturing of custom displays in-house as early as 2024. The shift to its own displays will allow Apple to rely less on display partners that include Samsung and LG. The displays will likely be manufactured by an outside supplier but designed by Apple.