There have been numerous rumors about Apple developing OLED iPads in two different sizes – a 10.86-inch model and a larger 12.9-inch one. However, according to a Korean news outlet, the development of the smaller model has been halted.
The source believes there are several reasons behind the discontinuation. Since Samsung will be delivering the screens, Apple is asking the Korean tech giant to produce double-stack tandem structure OLEDs instead of single stacks, which is the more widely used configuration in today’s smartphones and tablets.
Of course, this would up the price of the OLEDs produced, shrinking the profit margin even further. The Cupertino-based company also wants to make those LTPO panels for better power efficiency.
This request, in turn, has caused a significant delay in mass production because it requires additional equipment for the double-stack OLEDs.
Apple believes that this structure is of vital importance because it extends the lifespan of the OLED panels and more importantly, allows for significantly higher brightness to be achieved.
The bigger 12.9-inch OLED iPad, on the other hand, is still on track and sources suggest that it should come out in 2023 or 2024.