Apple is collaborating with LG to develop a foldable OLED display with ultra-thin protective glass for future iPad and MacBook models, according to The Elec.
The report explains that this year, LG Display will provide HP 17-inch foldable 4K OLED panels, intended for a foldable laptop with an 11-inch screen when closed. LG Display also has a growing track record in foldable OLED displays, having provided the 13.3-inch panel for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold.
For the past few months, Apple has also been collaborating with LG to produce a new foldable OLED panel with ultra-thin protective glass. This choice would differentiate the Apple screen from those made of polyamide, currently used by most other foldable screens.
Apple’s idea is to use this foldable display on future iPads and Macbooks, creating an entirely new product category for the company. In practice, the iPad could be used both as a tablet and, when closed halfway, as a laptop with an on-screen keyboard. Analyst Ross Young has also said in the past that Apple is working on this type of product, but it’s expected to be released after 2025.