According to a new report today (via DigiTimes ), Apple could deploy "hybrid" OLED technology in iPads by 2024, allowing for thinner devices and lower production costs.
By combining OLED's rigid glass substrate with OLED's flexible thin film layer, hybrid OLED technology is said to make OLED panels thinner than solid OLED panels. The process is also said to require lower manufacturing costs than flexible OLED panels because it does not require a backlight layer.
The mention of hybrid OLED technology first appeared in an August report by The Elec Korea, which also suggested that Apple may bring it to the iPad in 2024. However, the report says that Apple favors hybrid OLED panels over OLED panels. the cable you are using on your device. iphone models. because flexible panels tend to look "wrinkly", especially on larger screens.
The return of rumors comes with reports that Apple has added another manufacturing partner to its supply chain, which will likely be involved in future updates to the iPad Pro and 12.9-inch MacBook Pro.
Taiwan Surface Mount Technology (Taiwan SMT) will perform the SMT process for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and mini LED-backlit MacBook Pro, becoming the first manufacturer in Apple's supply chain, according to company sources. .
The report notes that Apple has made financial contributions to Taiwan SMT's efforts to expand its manufacturing capacity, with several teams dedicated to the SMT process for mini LED lighting, which is more difficult than standard LED lighting, as the the first involves the use of LED lighting. . more mini led chips.
Currently, the only Apple devices that use Mini LEDs are the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. All three devices are expected to be updated with the M2 chip by the end of the year.
Apple is expected to continue using its mini-LED lighting technology until hybrid OLED technology matures and is ready for commercialization, which is unlikely before 2024, the report said.