Future MacBooks Said to Adopt Brighter OLED Displays That Consume Less Battery Life

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    Apple is looking to use OLED displays rather than current LCD technology for its future MacBook series, according to Korean website ETNews.

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    The report, citing unnamed sources, said Apple is currently looking into ways of using OLED displays for MacBooks and testing their performance. It does not provide a timeline as to when Apple might release its first OLED-based MacBook.

    The switch to OLED technology could have several benefits for future MacBooks, including lower power consumption for longer battery life. OLED panels are often thinner, too, which could allow for a slimmer and lighter MacBook design.

    Other potential advantages of OLEDs include increased brightness, sharper colors, and faster response times compared to LCDs.

    The report said Apple is actively expanding uses of OLED displays for its major products, one of which is widely rumored to be the iPhone starting next year.

    Apple already has experience using OLED displays in limited applications, including the Apple Watch and the new MacBook Pro's Touch Bar, but adapting the technology to larger screens can pose manufacturing challenges.

    Today's report pegged Samsung as Apple's supplier of Touch Bar panels, and that partnership could extend to MacBook displays in the future.

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo yesterday said Apple will release new MacBooks in the second half of 2017. New and existing notebooks are said to receive price cuts, while adoption of Intel's Cannonlake processors if readied could allow for up to 32GB of RAM versus the max 16GB of RAM in current models.

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    OLED panels are often thinner

    Oh, thank God! Already having major back problems carrying my new .7mm thick MacBook pro!
     
  3. samcraig macrumors P6

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    Prediction: MacBook Pros in the future will be magical.
     
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    What BS is this??? There are other Skylake laptops on the market that employ 32GB of RAM (looking at Dell XPS 15)
     
  6. kiranmk2 macrumors 6502a

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    They will probably look to tap JOLED for screens as they seem to want to specialise in 10-20" screens. Lg are focused on TVs and Samsung on <7" pannels at the moment.
     
  7. ogun7 macrumors regular

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    This is why there's no glowing Apple logo. OLED doesn't use a back light or prism. Apple would have to retool all the machines to manufacture new MacBooks just to remove it.
     
  8. Caliber26 macrumors 68000

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    I can't wait to see what these will $ell for.
     
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    I can already here Schiller go on about how it's Apple's brightest, most power efficient screen ever. Heh.
     
  12. __dontpanic__ macrumors newbie

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    Hmmmm.... maybe I should just keep waiting another 5 years.
     
  13. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    Well, they have to find ways to increase the average selling price they're so obsessed with, right?
     
  14. IndigoDesign macrumors regular

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    slimmer and thinner...
    no thank you.
    Thin enough. More battery. More Power. More Ram. More accurate color-displays.

    But NO, NOT thinner and lighter please.
    And NO more HIPSTER-emoji-bar.
     
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    Should have been OLED in the latest MBP, then the price would have been easier to accept
     
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    Don't forget the disadvantages to OLED - namely whilst black is black, it can be too jarring and create too much "edge" for want of a better word around on pixels. There are also issues that whilst black is black so are the next 20 minor shades of black above which an LCD would display properly - so you tend to get images which look like the contrast is far too high.

    Brightness, image burn and lifetime of display are all issues too though they've largely been improving drastically each year as the TV technology improves - that jarring black issue is my biggest problem on both phones and OLED TV's though - to my eye its unpleasant.
     
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    Sadly, this was my first thought too.

    Actually, my first thought was "now maybe they can put 32GB of RAM in their system since the display uses less power, BUT they'll probably make it thinner.
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    This is true, but given Apple's display history I'd expect their OLED panel to resolve most of, if not all, of these issues.
     
  18. dannys1 macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, but it gets 4-5 hours battery life. It's the worst on the market for it.
     
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    I will look forward to the update in 3 years.
     
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    It also has a tiny 6 cell battery. Don't blame the RAM.
     
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    Dell XPS are great machines. Kabylake 13" available now. 15" arriving march. Great selection of ports (usb 3.1, SD-card, Thunderbolt 3, ...), great keyboard and build-quality AND the option for "only" a Full HD screen, matte antireflective. Which, in my book, is the most "professional choice" for a Laptop. 4K on a 13" is a joke, also on 15" still. My opinion though. You can get up to 14-16 hours of battery out of the Full HD XPSs. That's awesome.

    Still Windows though.
     
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    Yeah, visited the doc yesterday and figured out that was the root cause of my broken back
     
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    Damn obsession with weight. It's not attached to your dick 24 hours a day. 2 kg for a laptop is fine.
     

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