Apple is rumored to be working on an OLED variant of the iPad for launch in early 2022, and the company is also considering integrating the display technology into high-end iPad Pro and MacBook Pro models.
Citing sources familiar with the subject, DigiTimes (via MacRumors) reports that the first Apple tablet to receive the OLED treatment will be a new 10.9-inch iPad that will debut in early 2022.
While an exact model was not specified in the report, the rumored specs and release time suggest a revamp for the iPad Air. A fourth-generation Air, which features a 10.9-inch LCD screen and sits between the 10.2-inch iPad and the 11-inch iPad Pro, was released in late 2020.
Manufacturing of the first OLED iPad will begin in the fourth quarter of 2021 before its launch in early 2022, the sources said.
Beyond the rumored 10.9-inch iPad model, Apple is investigating OLED versions of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the “16-to-17-inch MacBook Pro,” which are due to debut next year. The company has not made a final decision to go ahead with production of either device, according to the report.
DigiTimes has a mixed track record when it comes to predicting Apple product launches, although it is known to have reliable sources within Apple’s display supply chain.
Today’s report follows industry rumors regarding Apple’s anticipated transition from LCD to new display technologies. The iPad Pro, for example, was rumored in November that it would ship with OLED displays this year.
Also on the table are mini-LED and microLED panels, the former of which is expected to be integrated into select iPad Pro models and at least two MacBook Pro variants in 2021. As for microLEDs, next-generation technology is just in the works. reaching the hands of consumers. in the form of high-end televisions. Previous rumors claim that Apple Watch will be the first to adopt microLEDs, but not until 2023 or 2024.
For more information on Apple’s future product roadmap, be sure to check out AppleInsider’s display technology primer.