It is common knowledge that Apple is one of Samsung Display’s largest customers, with its products found in many high-end iPhones and some iPads. Now, Samsung Display is developing an entirely new type of OLED panel for Apple, The Elec has learned.
Samsung’s new OLED tech will be found on many upcoming Apple products
The new two-stack tandem OLED panels are said to use two emission layers, instead of one. This results in nearly double the brightness and four times the life expectancy of the said panels. The costs associated with manufacturing will certainly go up as well, but that shouldn’t bother Apple much.
The two-stack tandem OLED panels will power iPads, iMacs and MacBooks starting in 2024-25. The report also mentions an “automotive” use case, suggesting that it could be used in autonomous vehicles. However, mass production of the tandem OLED panels (nicknamed T by Samsung) won’t kick off until 2023.
It is also worth noting that the first product to use the new T1 OLED panel will be Samsung Electronics, meaning that we could see it in action with a future Galaxy S smartphone and tablet. It also lets Samsung test the waters before committing to bulk orders from the likes of Apple. Competitors such as BoE Display have lost out on Apple’s orders due to bad QC and Samsung would do well to avoid that.
In the here and now, at least for the foreseeable future, all Samsung and Apple products will stick with the traditional one-stack OLED panel, at least until Samsung irons out the kinks associated with the T1 OLED manufacturing and design. One of the main challenges with two emission layers is colour accuracy, which is one of the key selling points of an OLED panel.
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