Apple talks about bringing iPad and MacBook with OLED screens, no timeline for foldable iPad: Report

Apple is reportedly working on bringing OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens to its future iPad and MacBook models. The Cupertino-based company is expected to switch from Mini LED technology to OLED for its iPad Pro family for the first time in 2024. Meanwhile, a new report says Apple is looking to develop foldable iPad models as it expands its product portfolio, though there’s no concrete launch timeline. The first Apple tablet with a foldable display form factor is likely to launch a few years after the transition to OLED is complete.

according to a report By Nikkei Asia, Apple will expand its use of advanced OLED screens in iPad and MacBook in the coming years. The supply chain report citing multiple tech industry executives says the iPhone maker is aiming to deploy OLED display technology in its high-end iPad models next year. A MacBook model with an OLED display is also said to be in development for production in the second half of 2025 at the earliest. This suggests that the MacBook with the new screen could launch in late 2025 or early 2026. This is in line with previous reports. OLED displays are already being used in iPhone models.

Furthermore, the report claims that Apple is evaluating the possibility of creating a foldable iPad after deploying an OLED screen on the tablet. However, the company reportedly has “no concrete timeline” for its foldable iPad plans. This can happen only after the launch of two OLED variants next year.

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo opined earlier this year that Apple would expand its portfolio by introducing a foldable iPad next year. He hinted that the foldable iPad will use a carbon-fiber kickstand and that it will arrive in 2024. Later, well-known analysts Mark Gurman and Ross Young refuted Kuo’s claim, saying that they have not heard about a foldable iPad launch in 2024.

Apart from the foldable iPad, Apple is also speculated to release a foldable smartphone around 2025. The company has filed a patent for a new technology that will detect accidental drops of iPhone and iPad models with flexible screens to reduce damage.

Apple has not yet revealed plans to unveil a foldable iPad. Therefore, all the above details should be taken with a pinch of salt.

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