Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro models could feature OLED screens, according to reports. The new displays are expected to be available on the iPad Pro models as soon as next year.
The first OLED iPads will come in sizes that are similar to the current iPad Pro sizes. One smaller 10.9 to 11.1-inch model and a larger 12.9 to 13-inch model are expected to be released. In the future, OLED iPad models could be as large as 15 inches.
Compared to the mini-LED technology that Apple currently uses for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, OLED displays will bring deeper blacks, faster refresh rates, and improved contrast. The brightness of each pixel can be controlled individually on an OLED display, meaning content that uses high dynamic range lighting will look much more realistic and true-to-life. OLED displays are also known for having better viewing angles than LED displays.
OLED displays are more efficient than mini-LED displays, and with the dual-stack technology that Apple plans to use, we can expect improved battery life on the OLED-equipped iPad Pro models. It could also facilitate always-on display technology on the iPad.
However, OLED technology can have downsides like burn-in and issues with maximum brightness, but Apple is using technology that will mitigate these problems. Unfortunately, it could make the first iPad Pro models much pricier.
Apple is rumored to be aiming for “unrivaled” image quality, as well as a design that cuts down on the thickness and weight of the iPad display.
In terms of chip technology, Apple is introducing 3-nanometer chips in its 2023 device lineup, with M3 chips expected at the end of the year. iPad Pro models coming in 2024 could use a next-generation M4 chip if Apple keeps up with yearly refreshes, and the M4 chip will be constructed on the 3-nanometer process. Depending on timing, though, Apple could also use the M3 chip.
A March report suggests that OLED displays will make the iPad Pro models much more expensive. The 11-inch OLED iPad Pro could be priced starting at $1,500, while the 13-inch model could be priced starting at $1,800. The cost increase is due to the OLED panels, which cost more to source.
Apple is planning to source OLED panels from Samsung and LG Display. Both manufacturers are rumored to be developing two-stack tandem OLED panels specifically for Apple.
According to the report from Appleinsider, the next iPad Pro is planned for spring 2024 at the earliest. This will include a major change, a switch to OLED screens for the first time. Gurman also stated that there won’t be any new iPad hardware released at WWDC 2023.
In conclusion, the next-generation iPad Pro models with OLED screens are expected to bring improved image quality, better battery life, and a thinner design. However, the use of OLED technology could make the new iPads much pricier. We’ll have to wait until 2024 to see if these rumors are true.