According to recent reports, Apple is set to swap out the current mini-LED displays in its iPad Pro models for OLED displays next year. Insider ShrimpApplePro claims that Apple has already begun developing four prototypes for the upcoming tablets, which are expected to come in two sizes of 11 inches and 13 inches. It’s important to note that the “13-inch” model is most likely the 12.9-inch variant, as the tipster may have rounded off the figure.
It’s worth mentioning that the OLED displays used in the upcoming iPad Pro models won’t be the flexible kind that are featured on iPhones. Instead, Apple is said to be opting for brittle or rigid OLED screens, which are less expensive to manufacture. Although this technology is already used in high-end smartphones like Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 7, some users have reported poor viewing angles. Despite this, Apple may decide to go ahead with the technology due to its cost savings.
Recent rumors suggest that Apple is planning to incorporate hybrid OLED technology on its upcoming iPad Pro models to avoid any potential display issues. The company is reportedly partnering with Samsung to mass-produce two-stack tandem OLED panels for the devices. Although these panels will not come with an outer glass, they will be more expensive than the current flagship tablets, with an expected price increase of 80 percent. Indeed, recent reports indicate that the upcoming iPad Pro models with OLED displays will come with a hefty price tag. This means that future iPad Pro models could end up being more expensive than some MacBook models.
Oled panels for iPad Pro are in development.— ShrimpApplePro 🍤 (@VNchocoTaco) April 1, 2023
11" and 13"
New kind of oled panels, apparently. Very brittle instead of flexible like iPhone oled
While there is still some confusion regarding the specifics of ShrimpApplePro’s tweet, the use of OLED displays in iPad Pro models could bring about significant improvements in terms of color accuracy, contrast ratios, and overall image quality. Hybrid OLED technology could further enhance these improvements and result in an even better visual experience for users.
However, the use of OLED displays does come with some potential drawbacks, such as the risk of burn-in and decreased brightness over time. It remains to be seen how Apple plans to mitigate these issues with its upcoming iPad Pro models.
Despite the uncertainties surrounding the details of ShrimpApplePro’s tweet, we can expect to see these new iPad Pro models with OLED displays in action next year. Until then, we will have to wait for more information to become available and stay tuned for further updates.