Within a few years, Apple plans to move the iPad screens to OLED. Moreover, such screens will differ from what is used in smartphones. First of all, it’s about technology. The fact is that the company is going to rely on hybrid OLED—the Elec.
What is it?
Smartphones use a flexible OLED panel that uses plastic as a substrate. These are mainly polyimides that are encapsulated for protection. There are also rigid OLED panels. They have glass backing.
Hybrid OLEDs combine both technologies. They also focus more on glass but also use thin film encapsulation.
Why is this needed?
The problem is the size of the OLED panels. Everything is in order with smartphones, the size of which does not exceed seven inches diagonally. But when you need a larger diagonal, then there are problems with flexible OLED panels. The problem is that they are prone to breakage.
The solution could be rigid OLED panels. But there is one problem: the price. Therefore, it was decided to use hybrid panels.
However, there is a problem here: the production of hybrid OLED panels is not yet a mature technology. However, two South Korean companies, Samsung Displays and LG Displays are currently developing it. They may become suppliers of displays for future iPads.
The date of release of such tablets is still unknown. It takes at least a year to develop the technology, according to The Elec, but this does not mean that the first iPad with an OLED screen will be released in 2023. But the period 2024-2025. It sounds more accurate.