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Apple enthusiasts have long anticipated the integration of OLED display technology into the iPad, and according to a recent report from renowned researchers at Omdia, the wait might finally be over. However, the same report reveals that MacBook Pro models featuring OLED displays won’t hit the market until at least 2027.
The report clarifies that Apple is still on schedule to introduce OLED updates to the iPad Pro lineup as early as next year, encompassing both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch models. Presently, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro employs Apple’s mini-LED display technology, while the 11-inch variant utilizes an LED display. Should this rumor prove true, the iPad Pro family will unify under the OLED banner in the near future according to The Elec.
Notably, Bloomberg and analyst Ross Young have also supported these claims, further solidifying Apple’s plans to transition the iPad to OLED. In fact, Bloomberg recently disclosed that Apple has a significant iPad Pro redesign in the works, complete with a revamped design and OLED displays, expected to debut in the spring of 2024.
However, the fate of OLED displays within Apple’s MacBook lineup remains uncertain. The Omdia report explains that Apple originally intended to equip the MacBook Pro with OLED screens by 2026. Nevertheless, a recent decision by Apple has pushed back this transition to at least 2027.
At present, Apple offers MacBooks with either LCD or mini-LED displays. LCD screens are found in the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, while the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models feature mini-LED screens.
Despite the delay outlined in the report, various sources suggest that Apple might introduce a MacBook Air sporting an OLED display as early as 2024. Analysts Ross Young and Ming-Chi Kuo have both reported on this possibility.
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For a quick comparison, it’s worth noting that mini-LED is an alternative to OLED, possessing its own strengths and weaknesses. While OLED screens are generally regarded as superior due to their remarkable black levels, with each pixel capable of completely turning off to achieve true black, mini-LED technology offers certain advantages as well.