According to a recent tweet by Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, Apple is said to be working on a new MacBook Air with a 13.4-inch OLED display, which would be slightly smaller than the current MacBook Air model with a 13.6-inch LCD panel. This would reportedly result in increased brightness, improved contrast ratio and longer battery life, as OLED displays are known to be more power-efficient compared to LCD screens.
However, Young predicts that the MacBook Pro won’t adopt OLED displays until 2026, when the supply chain is expected to have sufficient production capacity for notebook-optimized OLED displays. Instead, suppliers will be more focused on developing OLED displays for tablets, such as the iPad Pro.
While a previous report suggested that the new MacBook Air would feature a more sophisticated Two-Stack Tandem display, Young has since corrected this, stating that the device will instead feature a standard single-stack display. This would contain only one red, green, and blue layer, with the tandem OLED display having two layers stacked in tandem, which increases screen brightness and longevity.
It is expected that the new MacBook Air will be released in 2024, along with new iPad Pro models featuring OLED displays. Samsung Display is reportedly involved in the development of these new OLED displays. In the meantime, it’s anticipated that Apple will launch a larger 15-inch MacBook Air with an LCD panel later this year.
Ross Young has a track record of accurately leaking display-related details about future Apple products, such as the ProMotion technology on the iPhone 13 Pro and MacBook Pro and the larger 8.3-inch display on the sixth-generation iPad mini.
Source: Ross Young