Absent from the last keynote, Apple’s AR/VR headset is still waiting. Rumors are rife about it and Apple seems to be getting closer to its launch, as Tim Cook recently explained. Several companies have reportedly contacted Samsung Display to ask accelerate the development of micro-OLED screens. Among the customers of the Samsung subsidiary specializing in screens, we find its parent company Samsung Electronics and Apple or even Meta. The three groups have in common a close interest in augmented or virtual reality.
For its part, Apple is getting closer to a launch and is waiting for the right moment to launch into this segment. The Californian firm has already discussed with several suppliers about the screens that will equip its AR / VR or “Apple Glass” helmet. The objective of the American giant would be to diversify your supply while Samsung Display will be able to accelerate in this area. The subsidiary has already worked on this technology, but without taking the plunge due to its lack of profitability.
Apple places its pawns for its future AR / VR headsets
With the micro-OLED, it is possible to offer a screen with a high pixel density in a compact format. The choice is therefore interesting for AR / VR headsets and rumors assure that Apple intends to use this type of screen. It is rumored that the future Cupertino helmet will display 3000 dpi resolution. On the other hand, it will be necessary to be satisfied with a reduced field of vision with this display technology.
For the time being, we do not yet know how Apple intends to use the micro-OLED, or when. Indeed, Apple would also work with LG Display on a more conventional OLED screen for its first headset. The micro-OLED tiles could be invited in the second version.
Whatever happens, Apple does not seem to want to put all its eggs in one basket. Samsung (Display) would join Sony and LG as panel suppliers for the brand’s future AR/VR products.
iPad Pro: Apple is preparing new models with thinner and lighter OLED screens for 2024
According to our Korean colleagues from ET News, Apple’s next OLED iPads will be thinner and lighterand their display quality will be improved, including deeper black levels. Apple is said to be at the prototype stage of the very first iPad with an OLED screenwhich is slated to launch in 2024, backing up previous reports that also pointed to a release date of around 2024.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of iPad Pro OLED from Apple. Already in 2021, many reports indicated that Apple was preparing to make the big leap to OLED on more devices, apart from its iPhones.
APPLE WANTS TO CREATE IPADS WITH ‘UNMATCHED IMAGE QUALITY’
ET News’ report clarifies that the screens are made by Samsung Display and LG Display. Apple’s new iPad display technology aims to deliver a lighter design and “unmatched image quality”. LCD screens require a backlight, so these are thicker and heavier than OLED screens.
Apple has reportedly produced several prototypes of its high-end tablets with OLED screens. Using their OLED panels for the iPad should encourage Samsung Display and LG Display to invest in new OLED production facilities small and medium-sized, since Apple will probably order several million additional panels over the next few years. For now, Apple appears to be facing significant delays in delivering displays for its upcoming iPhone 14 Max, which could cause the manufacturer to postpone its release.
iPad: a 14.1-inch model in the pipes, and a camera placed under the screen
The analyst Ross Young full of fresh info about the iPad. The small antennas that Young dropped off in Cupertino told him that Apple is working on a 14.1-inch iPad, an 11-inch OLED iPad (presumably “Pro” model), a foldable iPad, but also on camera technology placed under the tablet screen! Ross Young also considers that the 14.1-inch model will not have a mini-LED panel but the same LCD panel as the current iPad Air.
As for the current iPad Pro, Young understands that Apple has no intention of switching this model to the mini-LED or the “Liquid Retina XDR” of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple is actually biding its time to launch an OLED version of the 11-inch iPad directly, probably in 2024 according to the analyst. Note that the 11-inch iPad would sell in much larger volumes than the 12.9-inch model. Ross Young also believes that the “bar” TrueDepth (Face ID) under the screen could land in the iPad next year, even before we are entitled to similar technology on the iPhone.
Finally, Young admits his doubts about the upcoming arrival of a foldable iPad, mainly because of the low availability of certain components. However, the analyst believes that again, the iPad should benefit from a foldable screen before the iPhone.
iPad could get Face ID under the screen before iPhone
The iPhone 14 will deliver Apple’s first major display update since the iPhone X. The iPhone 14 Pro models will replace the notch with a pill-and-hole screen design that brings us closer to a real All-screen iPhone. The next screen upgrade is to put Face ID sensors under the iPhone screen, but an insider says Apple may try the technology on the iPad Pro before the iPhone.
Screen display design beyond iPhone 14 Pro
Display analyst Ross Young has provided plenty of insight into Apple’s iPhone plans based on information gleaned from the supply chain. And given that the screen is the most important component of the iPhone, access to the secrets of the making of the screen should give access to the features of the iPhone long before Apple is ready to unveil its innovations. . Like placing Face ID sensors under the iPhone and iPad screen.
Young touched on the iPhone 14 design changes over the past few months and offered a real roadmap for Apple’s future display updates. According to him, the 2024 iPhone 16 Pro models will be the first to feature an under-display Face ID sensor. As a result, the only cutout piercing the screen will be the selfie camera.
All iPhone 17 models will come with under-display Face ID technology a year later. Then the iPhone 18 is expected to deliver the first all-screen iPhone in 2026, with the selfie camera under the OLED panel.
While near-future iPad Pro models are expected to emulate iPhone design innovations, there’s no guarantee that will happen. That’s because Apple doesn’t work with the same size constraints as the iPhone. Apple uses a uniform bezel on all of its iPads. Therefore, it has plenty of space for Face ID components inside this bezel.
Face ID under the iPad screen
On the other hand, shrinking the bezel is never a bad idea, as it reduces the bulk and weight of the iPad. Or it allows Apple to increase the screen size without affecting the overall weight.
A 14.1-inch model is expected to launch next year with an LCD screen like the iPad Air instead of a mini-LED display like the 12.9-inch iPad Air.
According to Young, the 2024 iPad Pro models should have OLED screens. But he explained that the 11-inch iPad Pro won’t go mini-LED in 2023. A report earlier this week claimed the first OLED iPads are coming in 2024. But he didn’t identify which models would get the screen. improved.
However, next year’s iPads could bring Apple’s under-display Face ID technology. Young said it might be easier for Apple to place Face ID under a display with a lower pixel-per-inch density. Apple could also use technology from the iPad Pro as the device is produced in a lower volume.
In other words, the iPad Pro could be the test bed for perfecting under-display Face ID technology before launching it on the iPad.
Young may be well-connected in the display industry, but that’s just speculation. There’s no way to confirm anything, and Apple will never reveal its hand until the time is right.
OLED iPads will be thinner and lighter as well as higher quality
Samsung’s panel design has been said to double the brightness and increase longevity. It has been reported that LG is gearing up to receive orders for OLED screens for iPads, preparing to double production at a factory dedicated to making advanced screens in the right size range for iPads. Finally, BOE was recently rumored to be joining the iPad OLED panel party – although the company isn’t exactly in Apple’s good books at present.