Apple’s iPad and MacBook hardware is incredibly popular; the former is easily the best and most popular tablet around while the latter is adored for its intuitive software.
While both products vary in price, purpose and form factor, they do share one common feature – a great display.
iPad Pro, the most premium version of the tablet, comes with either a 11-inch or 12.9-inch screen that tout incredibly high resolutions, refresh rates and boast laudable viewing angles.
Similarly, Apple’s most capable laptop, the MacBook Pro, also comes with a gorgeous panel in either its 13.3-inch or 15.4-inch variants.
However, both product series’ harness LED displays and not OLED ones.
But, that could change in the future according to a new report from South Korean outlet ETNews.
The outlet claimed Apple owes Samsung Display a penalty for not satisfying a contract that was agreed between the two parties.
Essentially, it was said Apple agreed to purchase an unspecified amount of iPhone screens from Samsung Display but did not meet it due to its handset sales falling “short of market expectations due to high prices”.
It was noted a result of this was a reduction in panel orders from Apple.
To settle the dispute, Apple was stated to have offered to harness OLED panels for its tablets and laptops, according to an “industry official” that spoke with ETNews.
They said: “We know that Apple has offered multiple options to Samsung Display, including conditions for adopting OLEDs for other products such as tablets and notebooks.”
Harnessing OLED displays for iPads and MacBooks was noted to be one of the solutions Apple is considering in an attempt to up its order numbers from Samsung Display.
It is worth noting if the claims mentioned above are true, it may take some time before OLED displays appear on iPads and MacBooks.
For example, a new version of the MacBook Pro has been rumoured to debut in 2021 and has been said to be use mini-LED display technology and not OLED, according to notable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo via 9to5Mac.
As noted by The Verge, this means if Apple did plan to harness OLED displays in some of its future products, it may be years before fans could take advantage of such an upgrade.
The outlet also speculated the Cupertino-based firm may harness OLED technology for a future successor to its iPhone XR smartphone.
Kuo has suggested every iPhone model will have an OLED panel by 2020, suggesting if Apple continues to update its more affordable device, it could be granted an improved display by that point.
However, it is worth noting none of the claims about future Apple products mentioned above have been officially confirmed.