Actually, the plan at Apple was clear, the iPhone manufacturer wants to present iPads and MacBooks with a new screen technology in 2021. Current reports are confusing now, because Apple would like to bring another alternative into play. Will there be a change of course?
The rumor mill was and is unanimous: Apple will introduce the new mini-LED technology in 2021. A revised iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch display will start, followed later in the year by variants of the MacBook Pro with 14- and 16-inch displays. Mini LEDs are an inexpensive alternative to OLED screens, offering similar performance for less money.
Apple is to plan iPads and MacBooks with OLED screens
But now one supposed U-turn, because like the industry insiders from DigiTimes to report, Apple is secretly planning for 2022 but actually with “real” OLED screens for iPad and MacBooks. It will start with an unspecified iPad with a 10.9-inch display, which Apple would like to present at the beginning of next year. OLED will also later be used for the iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch display and the large MacBook Pro with a 16-inch display.
What was OLED again? GIGA explains:
What happens to mini-LED?
This confuses, in a moment two new screen technologies at Apple in such a short time, does this make sense? Why should Apple first introduce mini-LEDs as an OLED alternative and then switch to OLED shortly afterwards?
The answer DigiTimes also provides answers to this justified question. Because OLED should Mini LED not replace again, but both display technologies are offered at the same time, since they probably different customer groups should achieve. Ergo: Buyers can then choose freely whether they prefer a device with mini LEDs or OLED. At least with the MacBook Pros, such freedom of choice in the Apple Store would certainly be conceivable.