Apple may release an iPad with a Samsung-produced OLED display In 2024.
Apple could still release an iPad with an OLED display manufactured by Samsung, but only if the company is willing to place a large enough order to make the project financially viable.
Apple reportedly cancelled its upcoming OLED iPad Air in September 2021, citing cost, brightness, and durability issues.
According to The Elec, the project appears to be on track again. However, the Cupertino-based tech behemoth would need to place a large enough order for Samsung Display to make the project financially viable.
During the initial phase of the project, Samsung's goal was to create a single-stack OLED panel. Apple, on the other hand, insisted on a two-stack tandem structure for durability and brightness.
The two-stack system was deemed too costly, and Apple and Samsung are said to have cancelled the upgrade for the 2022 iPad Air.
However, it appears that if Samsung can obtain new machinery, it may be able to complete the project at a lower cost.
"The Elec reports that the South Korean display panel maker's development of a vertical deposition machine, in collaboration with Japan's Ulvac, for use in Gen 8.5 IT OLED panels, which began last year, was still ongoing as of January 2022." "The equipment, along with fine metal masks (FMM) used to precisely deposit organic materials on the substrate, is a key technology required for the commercialization of Gen 8.5 IT OLED panels."
If Samsung receives the order, it will be able to finalise its spending in the second quarter of 2022 and order the necessary production equipment in the third quarter. The equipment would be delivered in 2023, putting an OLED model on schedule for release in 2024.
According to other reports, Apple may be planning to use a different supplier — LG. LG was rumoured to be working on "two stack tandem technology" for the iPad in October.