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An unusual report suggests the iPad will get OLED by 2024 and Apple will use a method called dry etching to keep the screen as thin as possible.
According to the report, Apple will use OLED in its iPad lineup which will be lightweight and have improved image quality. Samsung and LG Display are expected to provide the panels.
This story comes from Korean ET News without an attributable source beyond an unsubstantiated claim that “Apple confirms”. The report is a translation, so it’s conceivable that the “confirm” claim is a misread, or it refers to an internal Apple source. Either way, Apple isn’t revealing its future plans to anyone.
The publication quoted an unnamed industry official as saying, in response to the alleged report, that “the domestic parts and equipment industry has high expectations for the expansion of the iPad OLED market.” .
It looks like Apple will use the OLED dry etching process for iPad even though they don’t use it for iPhone. This is because the OLED panels are much smaller in the iPhone, which makes the process less necessary.
If Apple uses dry etching, it will increase the unit cost, which may result in a more expensive iPad. The process uses chemicals to eliminate unnecessary parts when creating thin film transistor circuit models.
ET News also revealed that Apple is working on several prototypes of the iPad OLED. This means that Apple is not close to finalizing an OLED iPad and may never introduce one to the market.
Other rumors point to a 2024 release window for an OLED iPad, if it exists. However, Apple previously introduced mini-LED on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, apparently making the switch to OLED less realistic.