Apple increases demand for OLED and mini-LED displays

Samsung has started developing more advanced OLED panels that should meet Apple’s requirements for use in future iPads and Macs. Meanwhile, Apple is also increasing the demand for Mini-LED panels.

OLED screens, mini-LED screen

Samsung and OLED screens

Multiple sources suggest that Apple intends to release an iPad with a Samsung-supplied OLED panel in 2024, but the company is looking at larger display panels that have a two-stack, two-layer tandem structure for double the brightness and quadruple the life of the OLED screen.

All iPhones use a single stack structure, but for iPads Apple requires dual stacking as these are devices that users tend to use for longer sessions. If Apple is satisfied with the OLED screens offered by Samsung, it is likely that it will also integrate them into future MacBooks and iMacs. Currently, the company uses OLED displays only on the iPhone and Apple Watch, while Macs and iPads are limited to LCD and mini-LED displays.

Apple and Samsung are reportedly working together to create a 10.86-inch OLED panel in 2021, but work was halted in Q3 because the project was too expensive for Samsung and it wouldn’t allow the company to produce enough panels at a good price.

However, Samsung is developing the two-layer panels called “T Series” (T stands for tandem), and this could allow Apple to integrate the OLED display on iPad between 2023 and 2024.

Mini LED

According to DigiTimes, Apple is ramping up production of mini-LED chips and bringing more manufacturers into its supply chain to meet demand for new devices coming out in 2022.

Apple has expanded the use of mini-LED technology over the past three years and currently offers three devices with mini-LED displays: the Pro Display XDR, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and the high-end MacBook Pro. . The company is expected to launch new devices with mini-LED displays later this year, including the 11-inch iPad Pro, 27-inch iMac Pro, redesigned MacBook Air, and likely new external displays as well.

Taiwan-based Epistar is currently Apple’s main supplier of mini-LED chips, but the growing number of devices with the technology is prompting the company to seek other suppliers. Among them could be Sanan Optoelectronics, which is significantly lowering component prices and has obtained its first certification from Apple.

The mini-LED display technology, which Apple calls Liquid Retina XDR, offers deeper blacks with better overall contrast, although unlike OLED displays they can suffer from a phenomenon called blooming. ‌Mini-LED‌ screens can also display brighter, richer colors and offer additional benefits such as thinner designs, better energy efficiency and less risk of burn-in.

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