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Apple plans to launch new iPad Pro models with OLED displays in both 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes in the future, according to a report published today by Ross Young, co-founder and CEO of research firm Display Supply Chain Consultants.

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"Looking at tablets beyond 2022, we expect to see Apple shake-up this category again by launching OLED iPad Pros," wrote Young. While mini-LED display technology is currently limited to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with no mini-LED version of the 11-inch iPad Pro expected this year, Young believes OLED models will be available in both sizes.

Young cited a recent report from Korean website The Elec that claimed LG is aiming to supply OLED displays for 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, while Samsung is also said to be aiming to supply OLED displays for the 11-inch model only. The report said these iPad Pro models are currently expected to launch in 2024.

The Elec claimed that the OLED displays will be low-power LTPO panels, which could allow for future iPad Pro models to have a wider ProMotion refresh rate range between 10Hz and 120Hz, in line with the iPhone 13 Pro models. iPad Pro models have already supported ProMotion since 2017, but with a refresh rate between 24Hz and 120Hz. A refresh rate as low as 10Hz would allow for even more power efficiency.

The displays are also expected to utilize a two-stack tandem structure for increased brightness and a longer lifespan, The Elec said.

Young has proven to be a reliable source of display-related information for future Apple products. Last year, for example, he accurately claimed that the new iPad mini would feature an 8.3-inch display with the home button removed. He was also first to report that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro would feature ProMotion displays.

Article Link: Apple Rumored to Be Planning OLED iPad Pro in Both 11-Inch and 12.9-Inch Sizes
 
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JPack

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Might be why the 11" model has yet to be transitioned to MiniLED - too close to the OLED cutover.

So far, everything points to cost.

MacBook Air isn’t getting it. Even Studio Display didn’t get it
 

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I still don’t understand how this double layer will help increasing the lifespan and preventing burn in issues.

When you have two emission layers stacked, to obtain a particular brightness, each emission layer can emit half the photons. That means each is driven half as hard, decreasing burn-in for each. (because burn-in increases as you apply more current to the emission layers)
 

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They're moving most everything to OLED. That's not a surprise. It'll happen eventually but the claims of it coming soon have been around for a couple years now.
 
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I still don’t understand how this double layer will help increasing the lifespan and preventing burn in issues.
OLED lifetime decreases with brightness. To achieve 1000 nits brightness you can do it from 1 single stack device and it will have a lifetime of L hours. You could also achieve it through having a tandem stack where each of the two stacked devices contributes 500 nits. In general when you halve the brightness you quadruple the lifetime, so such a device would then output a total of 1000 nits with a lifetime of 4L hours.
 

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5 yrs of same case for develop a product designed by day one for OLED display. iPad Pro will be the next iPhone 6-SE22 family or, for older users, Combo Drive. .
 

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I love my 2020 iPad Air enough that I will probably upgrade to the Pro when I‘m ready if it’s more differentiated from the Air. My nephew is 19 years old and wants an iPad to supplement his learning in college. I’m recognizing the 2020 iPad Air for him, not the most recent, because it will do everything he needs for $100 less than the current model. He first said he wanted a mini, but I think the Air is a better choice. Apple definitely needs to differentiate between the Air and the Pro to make it clear the difference between the two devices.

I really wonder what Apple may do with the ”Studio” branding. I can imagine an iPad Studio in a couple of different sizes. Retire the iPad Air, make it a Studio with, and offer a larger model for a lower price than the Pro.
 

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When you have two emission layers stacked, to obtain a particular brightness, each emission layer can emit half the photons. That means each is driven half as hard, decreasing burn-in for each. (because burn-in increases as you apply more current to the emission layers)

OLED lifetime decreases with brightness. To achieve 1000 nits brightness you can do it from 1 single stack device and it will have a lifetime of L hours. You could also achieve it through having a tandem stack where each of the two stacked devices contributes 500 nits. In general when you halve the brightness you quadruple the lifetime, so such a device would then output a total of 1000 nits with a lifetime of 4L hours.
Nice, that makes a lot of sense. Thank you both for the explanation. I’m really looking forward to this new iPad Pro!

Do you need to understand it for it to be true?
I didn’t say anything about it being true or false.
 
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So many contradicting reports every few days....its like a tabloid

Indeed.

When the OLED rumors were coming from Korean media that promote Korean tech companies I was skeptical, but Young seems to have solid sources in the display supply chain so I am more inclined to give this some credit.

So far, everything points to cost.

MacBook Air isn’t getting it. Even Studio Display didn’t get it

Well Apple raised the 12.9" price $100 to cover MiniLED so not sure why they could not just do the same with the 11" unless an 11" MiniLED display is significantly more expensive than the 12.9" and would require Apple to raise the price $200 or more.

Young says that MiniLED (and ProMotion) are coming to an "Apple Studio Display Pro" at WWDC - sounds nuts to me to do so a handful of months after releasing the ASD, but again, the man's sources have been 100% so far.

I think MacBook Air could get MiniLED when it goes to M2.
 

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No. Just no. I don't care how many layers they add. An iPad is probably the most likely device to see raster burn. It would be kind of cool if they added a feature where, you take your iPad and your iPhone into a dark room. You point the phone's camera at the iPad, then the iPad shows a series of test images. From that data, they change the power curve for each pixel.
 

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5 yrs of same case for develop a product designed by day one for OLED display. iPad Pro will be the next iPhone 6-SE22 family or, for older users, Combo Drive. .
I’m okay with that. I love the iPad’s current design so I don’t want it to change too much. I’m worried the next major design change will include a notch, so the longer they keep the current design, the better.
 
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No. Just no. I don't care how many layers they add. An iPad is probably the most likely device to see raster burn. It would be kind of cool if they added a feature where, you take your iPad and your iPhone into a dark room. You point the phone's camera at the iPad, then the iPad shows a series of test images. From that data, they change the power curve for each pixel.

Given that the burn-in curve is exponential, a mere doubling of the layers to two quadruples the pixel life. So you should care how many layers they add.
 

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Torn. I prefer OLED to mini-LED but I was planning on upgrading my 11” 2018 iPP this year. If the current crop of rumors are wrong and the 11” gets mini-LED I’ll just go for it. If it is still side-lit, like the Air, I’m not sure what I will do.

EDIT: Regardless, an update is clearly coming this year, the current Air is too close to the Pros in spec. So I just hope Apple announces the update ASAP.
 
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