After the revelation of the arrival of new iPad Pros with OLED screens, iPad Mini and iPad Air could also receive new displays.
According to the South Korean site ChosumBiz, LG and Samsung will begin the production of OLED panels for the iPad Pro in February 2024. An indiscretion that has been circulating on the web for some time and which, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, will bring tablets with 11″ screens to the market. And 13 inches.
But in addition to the Pro models, the Cupertino giant should also review the next iPad Mini and iPad Air, which, according to what emerges from a report by ETNews, should also have new OLED displays, but very different from those of the Pro models.
iPad: What We Know About The New Displays
According to what was shared by ETNews, the next generations of iPad Mini and iPad Air will arrive on the market by 2026. They will have single-stack LTPS OLED screens (low-temperature polycrystalline silicon) on both models.
IPad Mini should have a slightly larger display than current versions, going from 8.3 to 8.7 inches. Nothing has been confirmed yet, but according to rumours, the iPad Air should instead remain at 10.9 inches of the current model.
The next iPad Pro, however, should arrive in 2024 and have LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) OLED panels.
An LTPO display is much more efficient than an LTPS one because it allows you to vary the refresh rate much more precisely, guaranteeing significantly reduced consumption.
Higher refresh rates correspond to greater fluidity of the display, which is essential for improving the user experience of a device, especially for gaming, but also higher electricity consumption.
To solve the problem, manufacturers use variable refresh rate screens; particular components are needed, which increase the complexity of production and, obviously, increase the price, which is why Usually these screens can only be set to preset refresh thresholds: for example, 60, 90 and 120 Hz.
With LTPO technology, however, the display can quickly reach a meagre refresh rate (up to 1 Hz) and go back up to 120 or 144 Hz in a few milliseconds, adapting perfectly to the type of content being reproduced.
iPad OLED: Apple Is In No Hurry
Suppose this information turns out to be correct. In that case, Apple will only confirm its now well-known policy: it is in no hurry to implement technologies that have already been available for years on Android devices.
LTPO screens, in fact, have been the norm on top-of-the-line Android smartphones for at least a year, but they will arrive on the iPad Pro next year. The standard iPad and Mini screens, however, will not have this technology even in 2026 and may not even reach 120 Hz.