Samsung Rumored To Be Working On OLED Displays For iPads And MacBooks

Samsung is reportedly planning to build a new production line that will be capable of manufacturing the larger OLED displays that Apple would need for a future iPad or MacBook.

According to a new report by The Elec, Apple is the customer that Samsung is aiming to sell the new displays to.

The same outlet had previously suggested that Apple would launch an iPad Pro with OLED display as soon as 2024, with Samsung set to build them using one of its preexisting manufacturing lines. However, this new report suggests new production capacity is in play.

Samsung Display is likely to build its first Gen 8.5 OLED line with a capacity of 15,000 substrates per month, TheElec has learned.

Apple has so far resisted putting OLED into its tablets and Macs, with the latest products making the jump to mini-LED instead. However, the benefits of OLED are obvious — the lack of any backlight means improved power consumption and better contrast, two things that would be beneficial to Apple’s higher-end products that could be aimed at photographers and videographers.

Apple’s potential move to OLED doesn’t mean that we won’t see more mini-LED devices, however. The company is already said to be working on some sort of 27-inch mini-LED product, although it isn’t clear whether that will be a new iMac or a standalone display similar to the Pro Display XDR and Studio Display.

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