Apple has gradually adopted OLED panels for its iPhones. It’s also planning to launch OLED iPads down the line. One product lineup that could really benefit from the advanced display technology is the MacBook.
As Samsung Display is the leading manufacturer of OLED panels, Apple understandably has to turn towards the Korean conglomerate. It’s reportedly in discussions with Samsung to secure panels for an OLED MacBook.
The OLED MacBook may not be possible without Samsung
Samsung Display already makes OLED displays for laptops. Several manufacturers already sell high-end laptops that use these displays. Samsung has even started making 90Hz refresh rate OLED panels for laptops.
Rumor has it that Apple was planning to launch its first OLED MacBook in 2025. However, it’s now believed that these plans might be delayed. It may still launch an OLED iPad by 2023-2024. The price is reportedly a big consideration that might end up delaying the OLED upgrade for the MacBook.
Samsung Display is reportedly not the only Korean display manufacturer that Apple is considering. Apple is already said to have cancelled its 10.86-inch OLED iPad panel project that it was working on with Samsung.
It’s also said to be in talks with LG Display for the OLED panels that would find their way in its laptops. Both Samsung Display and LG Display currently supply OLED panels for iPhone and Apple Watch respectively.
There’s remains a possibility that orders could be split between the two companies to ensure adequate supply. Apple will also favor the supplier that can better match the pricing that it has in mind.