Samsung Rumored to Supply OLED Displays for 16-Inch MacBook Pro and Future iPad Pros

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Samsung is in talks with Apple about supplying OLED displays for a 16-inch MacBook Pro and future iPad Pro models, according to Korean site The Elec, which does not have a proven track record in terms of Apple rumors.


    We first heard about a potential 16-inch to 16.5-inch MacBook Pro from well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the notebook will launch at some point in 2019 with an "all-new design," but he did not comment on which display technology the notebook will use or share any other details.

    Kuo later said Apple is planning to release a new 15-inch to 17-inch MacBook Pro with a mini-LED backlight in the first half of 2021. It is unclear if this will be a future iteration of the 16-inch MacBook Pro or exactly how Apple's plans will play out.


    Kuo has also previously claimed that two new iPad Pro models will enter mass production between the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, but again, he has not commented on what display technology the tablets would use. He also expects a new iPad with a mini-LED backlight in late 2020 to early 2021.

    Little else is known about the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro or new iPad Pro models at this time. Apple surprised us earlier this week with new 2019 MacBook Pro models, but the only changes are faster processors and a "new material" added to the keyboard for improved reliability -- hopefully, at least.

    Given this week's MacBook Pro refresh, it is reasonable to assume that Apple will not release the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro until at least the fall. Or, if the 16-inch MacBook Pro has been delayed internally, then perhaps it won't debut until an event next year such as WWDC 2020 in June. It is too early to say.

    Article Link: Samsung Rumored to Supply OLED Displays for 16-Inch MacBook Pro and Future iPad Pros
  2. SecuritySteve macrumors 6502a


    Jul 6, 2017
  3. MrGunnyPT macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2017
    And how do they plan to mitigate the OLED burn in? Not having the screen totally static in terms of full screen windows?

    We really don't want another 4 years of repairing screens now that hopefully we will get rid of the keyboard issue.... I'd rather wait for Micro LED at this point.
  4. Lounge vibes 05 macrumors regular

    May 30, 2016
    16 mbp in October at the earliest. I personally believe it will launch during WWDC 2020
  5. Rychiar macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2006
    Waterbury, CT
    Samsung is making wall size micro LED TVs... can this tech at least make it into this year apples watch?
  6. MakeAppleAwesomeAgain macrumors member


    Nov 21, 2016
    Who cares if the keyboard is broken anyway. Fix the keyboard and thermal issues first (can’t only blame Intel) before expanding the line-up further, which also happen to be a mess these days.
  7. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
  8. johnyslats macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2012
    Leeds, UK
    I wouldn’t dream of using an OLED panel on a Mac at this point in time. Too many static UI elements that could cause burn in.
  9. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    I love my OLED TV but I'd never want to buy a Mac with an OLED screen. Ugh. Apple keeps pushing me away.
  10. Freida macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    I really hope not. OLED is flawed tech and on top of that its expensive. I hope we will use LED until microLED is ready.
  11. WatchTheThrone macrumors regular


    Aug 2, 2011
    Imagine a no-bezel 16 inch OLED screen on an all matte black MacBook with a good keyboard and 8 core chip.... (drool) my 2011 iMac needs replacing lol

    I know static images on OLED is a nightmare but knowing Apple they might have Samsung perfect the screen with minimal burn in (maybe special software) before giving them the contract or Micro Led.... but I’m dreaming on the M-LED lol
  12. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    So, you're saying Apple is pushing you away due to a sketchy rumor you read?
  13. Martius macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    Prague, CZ
    Oh no, just another potential issues. I just want a solid piece of well repairable hardware that I could use for at least 5 years.
  14. gmm421 macrumors newbie

    Jan 24, 2011
    Has no one ever used a screen saver before? Have the flying toasters been forgotten?
  15. x-evil-x macrumors 601


    Jul 13, 2008
    I wouldn’t want OLED on a static screen. Sounds like a nightmare.
  16. jedifaka macrumors regular


    Sep 2, 2011
    An OLED laptop would definitely make it on my Christmas list. The only one I've seen so far is the Galaxy Book2 and its display is exquisite. But if the addition of OLED does for laptops what it did for the cost of the iPhone, I'll have to watch from the bench. I'd rather have a new mid-range computer every couple years than a monstrously expensive one I tell myself I'll have for five years in order to justify its cost.
  17. cppguy macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2009
    SF Bay Area, California
    My 2014 iMac has Chrome and Youtube permanently burned in, the contrasty static black and white UI is deadly. On my 2019 iMac, I make sure to move my browser window, auto-hide the menu bar and the dock, but I would prefer to use not so contrasty icons, and probably moving toolbars and menus. This is a real problem, especially in the new dark mode. Dark background, and burning hot pure white icons. Or switch back to traditional white mode, it was much more gently on my screen.
  18. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    When the new design comes out I'm looking forward to all the people fondly recalling how good the TouchBar MBPs were.

    The same crowd that lamented the change from the retina MBP.

    The same crowd that lamented the change from the unibody MBP...
  19. jmonte2016 macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2016
    And here I just purchased the $2799 MBP 8Core 2019 15 inch... Killing me Apple!
  20. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    I could care less about the display at this point, just give me a keyboard that isn't recalled from day 1 of the product being on sale.
  21. zombierunner macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2011
    When will Apple update MacBook 12 inch? I want a fanless Mac with a high res screen and specs good enough for basic usage in an ultra compact form factor.
  22. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    The display on MBPs is still very good but it's something that hasn't changed in a while. I'd look forward to a new display technology, but only if it's actually better. Burn-in won't be an improvement.
  23. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    You're saying this as if they were somehow wrong to lament. Apple's computers have gotten worse over the years, it's only normal for people to say so.

    The unibody MBP had a replaceable battery, upgradeable RAM and HDD. The Retina MBP didn't, but at least the keyboard was still okay (granted, it was slightly worse, but most people didn't notice). The Touchbar has a horrible keyboard and a bunch of other issues too, in addition to the non-repairable and non-upgradeable nature of its predecessors. And the price went up each time. Are people wrong to complain?
  24. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Burn in on a LCD display, yeah right, image retention maybe, not burn in.
  25. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'd welcome OLED on the iPad only if it doesn't significantly raise the price. The LCD's today look great, and coupled with ProMotion, are some of the best displays out there (although a little thin). I am not sure I really need OLED if the cost is going to jump a ton. Either way, I'll probably buy if that's all they offer in the iPad Pro line.

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