2024 Apple iPad is likely to launch with Samsung OLED display: Reports

According to reports, Samsung is currently working on manufacturing different equipment required to make OLED display panels for Apple’s next gen iPad. This time Cupertino based tech giant will make a big investment to make this project go live.

Apple is planning to embrace the superior display technology of OLED for its iPad lineup, with plans to introduce an OLED iPad in 2024. This exciting development has been confirmed by industry insiders at The Elec, who report that Samsung, the leading iPad OLED display manufacturer, is actively preparing to supply Apple with the necessary OLED panels.

According to The Elec’s report, Samsung is currently developing the specialized equipment required for producing the OLED panels that will meet Apple’s stringent requirements. Securing this supply chain collaboration is a crucial step towards bringing an OLED iPad to reality.

The Elec further highlights that Apple’s commitment to adopting OLED technology for its iPad range hinges on securing a substantial order volume. The company will need to place a sizable order to justify the investment in OLED panel production, ensuring the project’s financial viability.

This potential shift to OLED displays for iPads is likely to significantly enhance the user experience. Thus, offering superior visuals with deeper blacks, richer colors, and improved contrast compared to traditional LCD panels.

Apple and Samsung Collaboration on OLED iPad Display Stalls: Cost Concerns Hamper Production

In a turn of events, plans for a groundbreaking OLED iPad display, a joint venture between Apple and Samsung, have been temporarily halted. The Elec, a well-known industry publication, has shed light on the reasons behind this development.

According to The Elec’s report, Apple and Samsung had initially collaborated on developing a 10.86-inch OLED display panel in 2021. However, this project was abruptly halted in the third quarter of the same year.

The primary reason behind this halt, as reported by The Elec, was Apple’s demand for a “two stack tandem structure” in the OLED panels. This specific design requirement significantly increased the production costs, making it financially infeasible for Samsung to manufacture the panels at the proposed price point.

Despite these setbacks, the potential for an OLED iPad remains promising. The superior visual quality and enhanced performance offered by OLED technology continue to attract Apple’s interest. However, the company will need to carefully balance its high-end display demands with manufacturing costs. It will help in making this project a reality.

Samsung in collaboration with Apple could work on manufacturing OLED display panels for upcoming iPad in 2024
Samsung could work with Apple for manufacturing OLED display panels for upcoming iPad in 2024
  • New collaboration between Samsung and Apple

Apple and Samsung are once again teaming up to bring OLED displays to the iPad lineup. Both companies have a potential launch slated for 2024. This renewed collaboration hinges on Apple placing a substantial order for OLED panels. This would enable Samsung to finalize its investment plans by the second quarter of 2022.

Once the order is successful, Samsung will proceed with ordering the necessary equipment for OLED panel production. It will take place in the third quarter of 2022. This equipment is expected to arrive at Samsung’s facilities by the beginning of 2023. Only after the equipment is in place can Samsung commence the manufacturing of OLED panels specifically designed for the 2024 iPad.

This strategic partnership between Apple and Samsung is crucial for the realization of an OLED iPad. In future, this strategy aligns the companies’ expertise and resources to overcome the cost challenges that previously hindered the project.

Samsung working on OLED display panel

Samsung is gearing up to meet Apple’s stringent requirements for OLED panels by expanding its production capabilities. The South Korean tech giant is currently working on enhancing its Gen 8.5 IT OLED display panel production line. Thus, aiming to deliver the advanced technology that Apple seeks at an acceptable price point.

This expansion necessitates the acquisition of new machinery, as Samsung’s current Gen 5.5 and Gen 6 substrates prove to be too costly for producing the desired OLED panels. The issue lies in the limited number of units that can be cut from each substrate. Thus, driving up the production expenses.

By transitioning to Gen 8.5 IT OLED display panels, Samsung can optimize production efficiency. Thus, enabling it to offer Apple the high-quality OLED panels at a more competitive price. This move will not only benefit Apple but also strengthen Samsung’s position as a leading OLED display manufacturer.

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Apple could bring 2024 iPad models with OLED display panels

In another report, The Elec, “The South Korean display panel maker’s development of a vertical deposition machine, in collaboration with Japan’s Ulvac, for use in Gen 8.5 IT OLED panel that started last year was ongoing as of January 2022. The equipment, along with fine metal masks (FMM) is useful for depositing organic materials precisely on the substrate. It is a key technology require to commercialize Gen 8.5 IT OLED panels”.

Apple working on bigger OLED panels

The launch of the 2024 OLED iPad mainly depends on whether Apple will be able to make big enough order this time to Samsung. Although, the Cupertino tech giant could also opt to go with panels from another display provider. Also Read – Apple iPad, iPad Mini with improved display, newer CPU launched in India

Beside Samsung recent rumours suggests that Apple is also reportedly working with BOE. Apple’s Cupertino headquarters could be working on bigger OLED display panels for Macs and iPads. To recall, BOE has recently converted its factory. Now, BOE can manufacture OLED displays that are up to 15-inch in size.

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Currently Apple is using OLED display panels on current gen iPhone, Macs, and Apple Watch

Apple could bring Macs and iPads with OLED panels?

At this time while writing, Apple has been using these OLED panels on number of its devices. These include the iPhones, the Apple Watch and others. Apple’s Mac and iPad, on the other hand, have an LCD and a mini-LED display. Now, there are multiple rumours across the internet that suggests that Apple wants to upgrade. This means that Apple is planning to bring OLED display panel for its devices like Macs and iPad.

Currently, Apple iPad iPro is the latest available iPad model in India. Although, this technology may still take few years to come in reality. This is mainly because of the high cost of OLED display panels. In future, we have to wait and watch for news if Apple will make enough big purchase from Samsung

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