We all know that tablets rely heavily on their screens. As early media-consuming devices, their reliance on their screens cannot be understated. It’s no surprise, then, that Apple’s adoption of mini-LED technology with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro has firmly cemented the latter’s position as the king of tablets.
However, the mini-LED, as improved as it is, is not here to stay. A lot of rumors about a possible OLED iPad have been circulating for quite some time now. Now, as we approach the iPad Pro 2022, one thing is certain: OLED iPads won’t be a reality anytime soon. But, that doesn’t mean Apple has given up on the idea.
According to a recent article, Apple continues to allocate a considerable amount of resources in an effort to produce ‘hybrid’ OLED panels, and uses new suppliers to speed up the process. This information was first highlighted in a dedicated article by 9to5Mac.
In essence, Apple wants to combine rigid OLED panels with flexible panels in order to fix the flaws of the latter. One of the main reasons why only the iPhone switched to OLED technology is an inherent limitation of flexible OLED displays.
Namely that these when they are large enough, tend to “crease”.
Not before 2023-2026
iPhones, with their smaller screens, are not susceptible to this problem, but iPads, especially those approaching and/or larger than 10 inches, can wrinkle so much that the deformation is visible. Hence Apple’s determination to circumvent this limitation with “hybrid” OLED technology.
There is still no specific timetable for the transition from iPad to OLED. According to the source, the first “hybrid” OLED iPads should arrive between 2023 and 2026. Apple’s giant 14-inch iPad, hinted in multiple rumours, could be one of the first to be adopted.