In 2020 there was a sudden surge in demand for tablets. In fact, with the massive use of teleworking and distance learning, the demand for this type of product has increased.
For its part, Apple has significantly improved the iPad. With the iPad Air 4, the company is offering a high-performance chip, the A14 Bionic, as well as a new design. And with the 2021 iPad Pro, the Cupertino-based company goes one step further by equipping these models with the same M1 chip as the latest Macs and using a mini-LED screen on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro .
And usually Apple should keep developing the iPad. The next innovation could be the introduction of OLED displays for some models. As a reminder, the iPhones (other than the iPhone SE) already come with OLED screens, and for some time now rumors have suggested that this technology could also be used for the iPad.
Today this becomes clearer. In fact, an article by GSMArena, forwarding Korean publication The Elec, suggests that Apple should offer iPads with OLED screens by 2022. However, this transition would be gradual. It is therefore possible that only an iPad will benefit from OLED technology from 2022 onwards.
This is supposed to be due to the fact that Apple’s display suppliers cannot meet demand immediately. The idea would also be to give these providers time to increase their OLED screen production capacities to cover all iPad models. In fact, Apple sells tens of millions of iPads every year. Logically, the suppliers will be the same as for the iPhone screens: Samsung, LG and BOE.
Technology superior to LCD screens
According to GSMArena, Apple would have considered several parameters in the decision to switch from iPad to OLED technologies, including weight, design and image quality. It should be noted, however, that OLED screens can extend a device’s autonomy even if it has a dark mode.
Of course, these are just rumors at the moment. And that’s why caution is advised. What is clear, however, is that Apple wants to keep innovating in the tablet market, as we saw when we presented the latest iPad Pro.
And as the demand for this category of products increases, Apple has an interest in staying competitive. In fact, rumors are already circulating about future competitors of the iPad equipped with high-end chips to be developed by the Chinese brand Xiaomi. Samsung, for its part, sees its tablets growing in popularity. In 2020, the Korean giant saw its shipments jump more than 44% (but Apple remains number 1).