Apple was reportedly working on a 10.86-inch OLED iPad which was expected to be released as early as next year.
It would have been the first iPad from Apple to be equipped with an OLED panel. According to a Korean publication, Apple has suspended the development of the 10.86-inch OLED iPad. The tech giant was reportedly developing the OLED panel in joint partnership with Samsung Display.
The exact reason for the development halt is now known yet. However, the industry believes that it could be the profitability or RGB’s single-stack OLED structure, forcing Apple to halt the 10.86-inch OLED iPad development. Apple is also reportedly working on a bigger 12.9-inch OLED iPad which might release in as early as 2023 or 2024.
Tech giant Apple wants its OLED iPads to have a ‘two stack tandem structure’, to overcome the production and cost problems incurred. OLED panels with ‘two stack tandem structure’ provide great advantages over the OLED panels with ‘single stack tandem structure’ which is used in all OLED smartphones. It nearly doubles the screen brightness and is durable for a long life span, while the single-stack based OLED generally has a life span of 2-3 years.
Display manufacturing is one of the major sources of revenue for Samsung, which the company has been doing for years. It mass produces OLED displays with a single-stacked tandem structure, but Apple’s requirements are different. The OLED panels with two stack tandem structure for Apple iPads will apply LTPO on TFT for the power-efficient 120Hz refresh rate support.
Applying these solutions would definitely increase the cost and will lower profitability, another reason for the suspension of the 10.86-inch OLED iPad. The Korean publication report also mentions that stocking of some necessary equipment for mass production was also bring delayed.
Apple has also started working on iPhone 14 series, which will reportedly come with a punch-hole display, a much-awaited upgrade that users were looking for. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the iPhone 14 series will get a design overhaul. Read more about iPhone 14 here.
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