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Leak may reveal release timing for Apple’s first-ever OLED iPad

Published Jun 30th, 2021 12:23PM EDT
OLED iPad Air
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It’s only a matter of time before all of Apple’s mobile devices come equipped with OLED displays, and according to a new report from Korean website The Elec, Apple’s first OLED iPad will debut in 2022. Sources say the new iPad will have a 10.86-inch OLED screen. Also, Samsung will serve as the sole provider of OLED panels for the tablet. The Elec did not actually provide a name for the OLED iPad model, but the display size is identical to that of the current iPad Air.

OLED iPad Air 2022 details leaked

According to the report, Apple will use rigid OLED and thin-film encapsulation (TFE) on the display of the 2022 iPad Air. As The Elec notes, TFE is a technology typically seen in flexible OLED displays. TFE is made from alternating organic and inorganic layers, which makes screens more flexible and durable. Apple is also expected to use low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistors (TFT) and red, green, and blue emission layers. This mirrors the iPhone’s OLED structure.

iPad Pro models with OLED coming in 2023

Apple will reportedly double its OLED iPad output in 2023 with an 11-inch OLED iPad and a 12.9-inch OLED iPad. Once again, The Elec fails to offer any names, but these certainly sound like two new iPad Pro models. Unlike the OLED iPad Air, the OLED iPad Pro models might feature flexible OLED screens. Additionally, Apple could shift from LTPS to low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO).

As The Elec notes, flexible OLED panels could allow for smaller bezels on the new models. Additionally, LTPO thin-film transistors open up the possibility of 120Hz refresh rate displays. Many reports suggest that Apple wants to bring 120Hz displays to high-end iPhone 13 models this fall.

This is not the first we’ve heard about OLED iPad models launching in 2022. Back in March, Digitimes reported that a 10.9-inch iPad with an OLED display would go into production in the fourth quarter of 2021 and launch in early 2022. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the same later that month.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

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