Apple plans to launch new iPad Pro models with 11-inch and 12.9-inch OLED displays in the future, according to a report published today by Ross Youngco-founder and CEO of research firm Display Supply Chain Consultants.
“When it comes to tablets beyond 2022, we expect to see Apple disrupt this category again by launching OLED iPad Pros,” Young wrote. 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 planned this year, Young believes OLED models will be available in both sizes.
Young cited a recent report from korean site The elect which claimed that LG was aiming to provide OLED displays for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, while Samsung would also aim to provide OLED displays for the 11-inch model only. The report states that these iPad Pro models are currently expected to launch in 2024.
The elect claimed that the OLED displays will be low-power LTPO panels, which could allow 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 already support ProMotion since 2017, but with a refresh rate between 24Hz and 120Hz. A refresh rate as low as 10Hz would allow for even greater power efficiency.
The displays are also expected to use a dual-battery tandem structure for increased brightness and longer life, The elect noted.
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 screen without the home button. He was also the first to report that the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros would feature ProMotion displays.
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