According to the English version of ET News (through MacRumors), Apple is producing the final prototypes of iPads with OLED coming from what the publication calls “major domestic display partners.” Since ET News is based in South Korea, this comment indicates that LG and Samsung display units are responsible for the panels used with these iPad Pro units.
The current version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro
The report notes that Apple has produced several prototypes of its premium tablets with OLED screens. The use of their OLED panels for the iPad is expected to prompt Samsung and LG to invest some in new small and medium OLED production facilities. The tablets are expected to offer a lighter design with spectacular image quality. Using the OLED panels, Apple will bring the dry etching process to iPad production for the first time.
Dry etching of the display removes unnecessary parts from a device using chemical technology. The display is etched to make it thinner and lighter. Apple doesn’t use the dry-etch process for the OLED panels used on the iPhone because the OLED screens used on that device are lighter than the LCD screens Apple once used on its connected handsets. Using the dry etch process will result in a higher price for affected iPad models.
The pandemic helped iPad sales grow while employees and students working from home turned to the tablet to help them work and learn remotely. And when they were done with their daily tasks, tablet users could quickly and easily access the device to play video games and stream television shows and movies. With pandemic fears easing, soaring tablet sales appear to be a thing of the past.
Apple hopes that by improving the iPad Pro screen with OLED, it can boost the revenues of this product again.