Will we see OLED MacBooks and iPads this year or in 2022?

Apple will release MacBook and iPad models with OLED displays in 2022, according to DigiTimes (a subscription is required to read the article). The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) thinks that such devices are coming — but in the second half of 2021 rather than 2022.

However, it’s possible that this year’s Mac laptops and tablets will sport mini-LED displays rather than OLED screens with the latter coming next year.

Mini-LEDs sport a local dimming function with a contrast effect similar to that of OLED displays. However, on some product lines, costs for mini-LED backlit displays may even be lower than their OLED counterparts, according to LEDinside. Mini-LED products are as thin as those using OLED technology so they consume less power than traditional LED screens, and they cost 70-80% less to produce than OLED displays, although their performance is similar.

OLED displays don’t need backlighting, while mini-LEDs make use of miniaturized backlighting. They also have an excellent contrast ratio when it comes to displaying the blackest blacks and whitest whites. 

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.