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Samsung Display is currently developing a 13.3-inch OLED panel for a forthcoming MacBook Air model, as part of Apple’s plans to switch a number of its product lines to the display technology. This news comes from a report by The Elec, which also reveals that LG Display is developing OLED displays for both of the next-generation iPad Pro models in 11- and 13-inch sizes.
According to the report, Apple opted for Samsung Display for the MacBook Air as LG lacks the production capacity to meet demand. Furthermore, Samsung Display is also developing an 11-inch OLED panel for a future iPad model, which could potentially impact the 11-inch iPad Pro orders currently placed with LG.
It seems that Apple is looking to gradually introduce new iPad Pro, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air models with OLED displays. While The Elec is uncertain when the OLED MacBook Air will be released, it is suggested that it could be around two years away, given Apple’s product development timescales. However, display analyst Ross Young has previously suggested that a MacBook Air with an OLED panel could launch as soon as 2024.
Interestingly, it appears that Apple originally wanted Samsung Display to supply a 10.86-inch OLED panel for a future iPad Air model, which would have been the company’s first OLED iPad.
However, the project was canceled due to concerns around price and quantity issues, as well as the need to differentiate the iPad Air from the iPad Pro. Apple is now said to be working on a more reliable two-stack OLED panel that is expected to debut on the iPad Pro next year.
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Finally, The Elec claims that the development of a 13.3-inch OLED panel for a MacBook Air is effectively a test for mass production of OLED panels for future MacBook Pro models. This suggests that Apple has bigger plans for OLED displays in its laptops and that we could see more models with the technology in the future.