The new report says that iPad Air, iPad mini, and 8.7-inch will feature single-stack OLED screens in 2026 and 2027, respectively.
It has been reported for some time that Apple is working on an OLED screen for the iPad Pro. According to rumors, the display technology will be used in the 2024 iPad Pro and 2026 MacBook Pro. Apple is also reportedly bringing OLED to the iPad Air and iPad mini in the future.
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Korean publication ETNews is now backing up these claims, and adding more specific details. It says that following the iPad Pro in 2024, both the iPad Air and the iPad mini will get single-stack OLED screens in 2026.
Apple is expected to equip the iPad Air and iPad mini with single-stack OLED displays in 2026. When compared to a single-stack OLED display, a dual-emission OLED display can increase the brightness by two times and double the lifespan of the display by four times. The iPad Air (2024) will replace its M1 chip with a faster, more energy-efficient M2 SoC next year. It is possible that the iPad mini (2024) could end up with the A16 Bionic or the A17 Pro chipset in place of the A15 Bionic that runs the current version.
According to ETNews, we can expect OLED displays on Apple’s top-of-the-line iPad Pro series and new 12.9-inch iPad Air in 2027. The larger iPad Air model will begin mass production during Q1 of 2024, according to Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International. Similarly to the 12.9-inch mini-LED iPad Pro, Kuo expects the display to use an Oxide backplane.
There are no details on double-stack displays being used for any models, according to ETNews. There is a claim (in translation) that the 2027 iPad Pro will utilize a “next-generation panel that improves the light efficiency of the panel through Color Filter on Encapsulation (CoE).”
According to reports, this will reduce power consumption by 20%. Additionally, it may be able to support an under-screen camera, perhaps for Face ID.
ETNews reports that the 2026 iPad mini will have an 8.7-inch screen rather than the current 8.3-inch screen.