Apple iPad Air To Switch To All-New, Eye-Popping Design, Report Claims
The iPad Air could be upgrading its display next, it seems. Just weeks after the 12.9-inch iPad Pro moved to a new screen tech with miniLED backlights that looks amazing, a new report claims that the iPad Air is going to get a big upgrade to OLED.
Korean publication ETNews says that Apple has confirmed it’s switching to OLED. A closer reading suggests an expectation rather than confirmation, but it’s an intriguing prospect anyway.
The move to OLED could be for any iPad, the report doesn’t specify which models, but the smart money is that Apple will introduce it first on its pricier Air tablet before it could possibly be on the entry-level iPad, which is extremely competitively priced, or the iPad mini.
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So, why didn’t Apple put OLED on the new iPad Pro? My understanding is that while OLED is a fantastic technology, it lacks the sheer brightness that miniLED LCD can deliver.
Even so, there’s a perception that OLED is about as good as a screen can get, so to have that on a more affordable device is pretty amazing. On the other hand, have you seen the new display on the iPad Pro 12.9-inch tablet? It’s awesome.
The report claims that the OLED display could be introduced as soon as next year. This makes sense as the latest iPad Air is less than a year old, so while there could be a processor increase in the next months, a switch to OLED seems highly unlikely in 2021.
In fact, the report points out, OLED could come later than 2022. After all, it takes a long time to get factory production capacity up to speed for a new screen tech like this.
Though Apple’s iPad displays have routinely been outstanding, the benefits of OLED are numerous. Image quality is chief among these and there are also benefits in terms of lightness. And then there’s the cachet attached to OLED.
This is a big deal and reflects a belief that Apple is committed to developing the iPad in interesting ways to keep ahead of the competition.