Apple placed orders for OLED panels for future iPad Pro and MacBook Pro devices, Korean sources revealed. As per insiders 11″ and 12.9″ tablets are expected to arrive in 2024, while laptops with the new panels are scheduled for 2026.
The source also claims that foldable panels are being considered, but there isn’t any definite plans on those.
Apple currently uses LCD for its iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 tablets. The new panels are currently in development and limited scale manufacturing, and it will take some time before they are available for final assembly.
The situation with MacBook Pro is similar – both the 14” and 16” versions should eventually make the switch. So far, Apple has been using OLED only for the touch bar, and it was removed from the 2022 notebooks.
Apple is pushing for OLED adoption to bring more competition in the manufacturing of those, eventually lowering the panel price. Samsung Display and LG Display are expected to be the main suppliers, as both companies have strong ties with Cupertino, as they already provide panels for iPhones.