iPad mini is going to use an OLED screen, but it’s a pity

After more than a year of silence, Apple finally brought updates to the iPad product line at the recent "Let It Fly" conference.

Following the release of the new iPad Pro and Air, there is now some new news about the iPad mini.

Apple's updates to the iPad display can be described as "restricted" to a certain extent. Since the release of the original iPad, only the new iPad Pro has used an OLED panel, while other iPad product lines have still used LCD panels.

However, according to a report by Korean media ZDNET, Apple has issued a notice to the supply chain, requiring it to design and develop new OLED panels for future iPad mini and some mobile phone products.

As Apple's long-term display supplier, Samsung Display has begun to respond to this notice. On May 21, an industry source revealed: "At Apple's request, Samsung Display has started developing OLED displays for iPad mini last month. After the initial prototyping phase in the first half of the year, it is expected to enter mass production within the year. product development stage.

In addition, a few Korean companies that cooperate with Samsung Display have recently confirmed their responses to the news.

Samsung Display has plans to develop OLED panel samples for future iPad minis. These samples will be mass-produced at Cheonan's A2 production line, which is Samsung Display's 5.5th generation rigid OLED production line.

Since its inception, the iPad mini has always used an LCD display. The liquid crystal and color filter sheet of the LCD display itself do not emit light. What actually emits light is the backlight panel at the bottom.

It adjusts the arrangement of liquid crystal molecules to control the degree to which they distort the passing light, thereby adjusting the brightness and color of the light.

In an LCD display, the backlight panel is always bright. Although the light in and out can be controlled through polarizers and liquid crystals, it still cannot achieve pure blackness, and it will also have a thicker volume. Each pixel in an OLED screen is self-illuminating, so there is no need for a backlight system, which allows the OLED screen to be made thinner.

The benefits of using OLED panels are obvious. This can make the iPad mini have a better display effect and greatly improve the display color gamut and contrast. It can also bring about a thinner and lighter body, "making mini even mini".

Moreover, the long-criticized “jelly effect” on iPad mini 6 can also be cured.

However, although the upcoming new OLED for iPad mini looks great, it still leaves some regrets.

Now the iPad Pro uses a double-layer tandem OLED display. It has two luminescent layers. The electric field intensity that each luminescent layer withstands is only half of that of a single-layer OLED. This greatly delays the aging rate of the material and extends the service life of the screen. .

However, unlike the OLED display panel used in the new iPad Pro, due to cost considerations, the new iPad mini will most likely only use a single-layer low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) panel.

This means that the iPad mini will have a lower screen brightness and will not be equipped with ProMotion.

In addition, ZDNET added that South Korean supply chain factories plan to start large-scale mass production of OLED displays for iPad mini in the second half of 2025.

Research firm Omdia believes that the iPad Air will adopt an OLED display in 2026, and the iPad mini will not be equipped with it until 2027.

According to reports from South Korea's ET News and ZDNET, these two models will be updated to use OLED panels at the same time in 2026, and the iPad mini's screen size may increase from 8.3 inches to 8.7 inches.

But in any case, if we want to actually buy an iPad mini equipped with an OLED panel, we may have to wait until 2026 or later.

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