A new supply chain report claims that Apple will not release its first OLED iPad until some time in 2023, despite previous rumors from elsewhere suggesting we can expect the device to arrive as soon as next year.

The report comes courtesy of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) and its quarterly OLED Shipment Report, with all previous reports suggesting that the first OLED device will be an iPad Air rather than Apple’s high-end iPad Pro.

Apple currently uses OLED screens in its iPhones, Apple Watch, and the MacBook Pro Touch Bar — although that last one is heavily rumored to be going away soon. That’s also something the DSCC report mentioned, too.

The use of an OLED screen would presumably mean a move away from the mini-LED screens that Apple started using with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro this year. The new screen allows for improved dark colors and brighter light ones, ensuring an HDR experience that isn’t available on other iPads.

OLED is thought to be superior however, with mini-LED now appearing to have been nothing more than a stopgap. It’s difficult to imagine Apple shipping mini-LED in iPad Pro and OLED in iPad Air tablets, for example.

For now, we have to wait and see what else comes out of the supply chain. If 2022 is indeed to be the year of the OLED iPad, we’d expect to begin hearing more about it in the coming months.

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