IPad models may use OLED screens next year
According to the report, Apple has confirmed that the iPad will be equipped with an OLED screen, as it is expected to enter the small and medium-sized OLED screen market in its second growth phase.
Apple is the number one company in the tablet market, and with the iPad moving to OLED, the small and medium-sized OLED screen market, which has grown through smartphones, is gaining a new foothold for growth.
Investments in small and medium-sized OLEDs, which have been on hold for a while, are expected to resume in earnest, so revitalization of manufacturing industries such as materials, parts and equipment is also drawing attention.
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Apple has decided to use OLED instead of LCD screens from some 2022 iPad models. Apple has agreed with the display companies on production and delivery.
As for the OLED screens for the new iPads, Samsung and LG are likely to offer them.
Both companies supply OLED displays for Apple iPhones and are developing OLEDs for iPads.
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This is the first time that Apple has introduced OLED screens to a regular iPad. Apple has been using LCD screens for a while.
The decision to switch to OLED was made when OLED surpassed the LCD screen in image quality, weight and design due to technological development.
Earlier, Apple also changed the iPhone from LCD to OLED. IPhones used OLED screens for the first time in one model in 2017. Then, Apple expanded its use to include all models.
It is also expected that OLED screens will be used in serious iPad devices from 2023 after some models will receive them next year.
The iPad’s transition from Apple to OLED could spur expansion and investment in the small and medium-sized OLED market.
The iPad is the world’s best-selling tablet. According to market research firms, about 50 million units are sold annually.
And compared to iPhones, which sell 200 million units every year, it seems small. But the iPad screen size is between 11 and 13 inches.
And given the use of medium-sized OLEDs, which are 3-4 times larger than that of smartphones, this is expected to further expand the market for small and medium-sized OLED screens.
Assuming 50 million iPads have all migrated to OLED. Then this means that there is a new demand equivalent to between 150 million and 200 million OLED screens for an iPhone.