13 October 2021
We’ve had heard a lot about Apple switching to OLED panels for its iPad Air next year. But the top Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has now denied all those reports that he himself was the part of once.
A few months back, you might have heard some reports stating that Apple will adopt the OLED display technology for some of its iPad models, including the iPad Air in 2022. But Kuo has now said that this might not happen next year as Apple has canceled its plans.
As per Kuo’s latest investor note obtained by MacRumors, we can expect Apple to adopt the OLED technology for its iPad Air model in 2023 instead. It means Apple will stick to an LCD display for the iPad Air. The reason behind Apple not adopting the OLED tech in 2022 for the iPad Air is currently unknown. Well, Kuo is not alone who believes the real adoption of OLED panels for the iPad Air will happen in 2023. Before Kuo, a report from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) stated that Apple will turn to OLED panels or its iPad Air in 2023 only.
While the plans of Apple bringing the iPad Air with OLED display in 2022 look uncertain, the plan for the 11-inch iPad Pro model with a mini-LED panel still appears in line with expectations.
Just so you know, Apple completely switched to OLED panels for its iPhone models with the iPhone 12 series and continued with the same trend for the iPhone 13 as well. But presumably, even this huge shift couldn’t convince Apple to adopt the new display tech for its iPad models. Well, Apple has its own reasons for sure, one being the fact that the "performance and cost might not meet Apple’s requirements," as per Kuo.
Also, to add here, Apple went with mini-LED technology in its highest-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro recently. This suggests Apple is gauging the prowess of different display techs as Kuo also mentions in the investor’s note that Apple will continue to “research and develop new display technologies for tablet-type products.”
In the same investor’s note, Kuo has added that “lighter, thinner, and foldable designs are the major long-term trends for tablet-type products over the next 3–5 years."