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Apple, Samsung Canceled 10.86-Inch OLED iPad Screen Development

Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf Balogun
Yusuf is a law graduate and freelance journalist with a keen interest in tech reporting.

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The Elec reported today that Apple had canceled a collaboration with Samsung, which had planned to employ Samsung’s OLED display in the upcoming 10.86-inch iPad Air.

Recall that the American multinational technology company and the South Korean tech giant had earlier agreed on a collaboration to use the OLED display developed by Samsung for the 10.86-inch iPad Air to be launched.

According to those familiar with the situation, the project was halted because the Samsung OLED panel’s single-layer construction did not match Apple’s specifications or because Samsung was having profitability issues.

The widely used OLED panel construction with a single emission layer of red, green, and blue are referred to as a “single layer.”

Reports claim that Apple is dissatisfied with the brightness of single-layer OLED panels and is concerned about the panel’s lifespan, as people tend to keep iPads for longer periods of time than smartphones. The upgrade cycle for smartphones is shorter.

Instead, Apple plans to adopt a two-layer tandem structure for its first OLED iPad, which involves stacking two red, green, and blue-emitting layers, doubling the brightness and extending the panel’s life fourfold.

Samsung, however, has only commercialized a single-layer structure, according to reports, and either lacks the potential or is unwilling to deliver a two-layer structure technology.

Samsung’s refusal to share this technology is reported to be motivated by financial concerns. It is not worth preparing for the product’s back-end module process unless Samsung can confirm that the OLED iPad Air will be offered for a long period.

According to previous speculations, the OLED iPad Air is expected to be released in 2022. In March, an Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple would start adopting OLED next year and DigiTimes forecasted that the OLED iPad would be released in 2022.

OLED technology is pricey, which is one of the reasons Apple has only employed small gadgets like the iPhone and Apple Watch so far. OLED provides a brighter display, stronger contrast, deeper blacks, and a broader viewing area. Perspective.


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