According to sources acquainted with the situation who spoke to the Korea Herald, LG Display is planning to begin OLED manufacturing for the next iPad Pro as early as February next year at their factory in Paju, Gyeonggi Province – three months earlier than previously anticipated. The displays are likely to cost three times as much as those used in iPhones.
OLED technology would eliminate the need for illumination, resulting in improved contrast ratios with deeper blacks, lower power usage, and other benefits. In the forthcoming iPad Pro models, Apple is likely to use incredibly thin hybrid OLED panels made of a blend of flexible and rigid materials, allowing them to be slightly smaller.
According to sources, Apple expects to order approximately 10 million OLED screens for the iPad in 2024. LG is slated to supply around 60% of the OLED panels, with Samsung supplying the remaining, which is expected to focus mainly on the 11-inch model. LG Displays’ financial recovery is expected to be aided by the production of panels for the next-generation iPad Pro.
The next-generation iPad Pro models are rumored to have somewhat larger screens, the M3 chip, and a revamped Magic Keyboard attachment, in addition to OLED display technology. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that the latest iPad Pro versions will be available in the second quarter of 2024.