According to an expert, Apple intends to release new MacBook and iPad Pro models with OLED panels in 2024. The Apple Watch and current iPhone models already have OLED panels from the Cupertino business.
However, the panels on the upcoming MacBook and iPad devices are believed to have certain enhancements over standard OLED displays in terms of brightness and energy efficiency. The MacBook model with an OLED display is suspected to be a new MacBook Air.
Ross Young, CEO of Panel Supply Chain Consultants, posted to his paid Twitter followers that it is “looking more plausible” that Apple would release a new 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with an OLED display in 2024, with the reported 11- and 12.9-inch OLED iPad Pro versions.
According to the expert, the MacBook model with the OLED display is believed to be the new MacBook Air, however, it might also be sold as a new MacBook model or MacBook Pro. According to the expert, it might potentially be a new category in the MacBook family.
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All three OLED-equipped Apple gadgets in 2024 are supposed to feature a technique called tandem stack, which helps enhance brightness and longevity while consuming 30% less power. The new displays are also expected to have a variable refresh rate of 1–120Hz, thanks to the low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) technology launched by Apple in the Apple Watch Series 4 in 2019.
In addition to BOE, Apple uses LG Display and Samsung to produce OLED panels for its products. Both South Korean companies are expected to employ Gen 6 manufacturing lines to manufacture OLED displays for the iPad at first, before switching to Gen 8.5 production lines around 2024. The latter effectively allows producers to make more OLED displays than the former – all within the same time span.
Previous rumors stated that Apple would add mini-LED panels to the MacBook Air line. However, the projected upgrades may have given the business incentive to consider OLED panels as the next significant step for MacBook users.