Rumor: Apple cancels plans for a 10.9-inch iPad Air

Apple and Samsung have canceled plans for a Samsung-developed OLED display for a 10.9-inch iPad Air, according to The Elec.

Apple is expected to release its first iPad with an OLED display in 2023, Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) said in a July quarterly OLED Shipment Report. Of course, Apple will have to decide if OLED displays are worth a possible price increase over mini-LEDs. The tech giant introduced 12.9-inch iPad Pros with the latter tech this year. And Mac laptops with mini-LED screens are anticipated to arrive soon. 

OLED may be better than LCD when it comes to brightness and color ratios, but the latter is more cost-effective option. Mini-LED aims to offer the best of both worlds. For example, the 2021 iPad Pro with Mini-LED technology can achieve 1,000 nits of full-screen brightness with 1,600 nits of specular highlights, with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and wide DCI-P3 color gamut. Packaged into a design that’s just 6.4mm thin.

However, the OLED vs. mini-LED quandary may be moot (at least for a future iPad Air) if The Elec report is correct. The project was stopped due to either the single stack structure of OLED panel or profitability issues or both, the article adds, quoting unnamed “people familiar with the matter.”

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