Apple has been transitioning its iPad and MacBook lines to mini-LED displays over the last year, and OLED would be the next step after that. Unlike mini-LED displays, OLED panels use self-emitting pixels and do not require backlighting, which could improve contrast ratio and contribute to longer battery life on future iPad and MacBook models. Apple already uses OLED displays for its latest iPhones and all Apple Watch models.
According to The Elec, Samsung plans to develop a new production line in South Korea to produce bigger OLED screens appropriate for tablets and laptops, with the goal of eventually fulfilling orders for future Apple products. Apple is expected to debut its first iPad Pro models with OLED panels in 2024, according to The Elec, and Samsung will create displays for those models on one of its existing lines. Samsung’s next manufacturing line would be housed at a different facility and would be capable of producing OLED screens large enough for laptops, clearing the way for a MacBook Pro with an OLED display, which is expected to debut in 2025 or later.
In the meantime, Apple is rumored to be planning more devices with mini-LED displays, including a new 27-inch monitor that could essentially be a Studio Display Pro.