Samsung Agrees to Make Two-Stack Tandem OLED Panels for Apple’s Future iPads After Declining a Deal Previously

Omar Sohail


Samsung Agrees to Make Two-Stack Tandem OLED Panels for Apple’s Future iPads After Declining a Deal Previously

Samsung has reportedly agreed to develop a new OLED panel for Apple, and according to the latest report, it will be used in future iPad models. Here is how this new technology compares to the old one.

Two-Stack Tandem OLED Panels for Future iPad Models Are Expensive to Make, but Increases Overall Brightness and Lifespan

Samsung’s two-stack tandem OLED panels will employ two emission layers instead of one. The Elec reports that the additional layer aids in increasing the brightness of the panel two-fold while adding four times to its lifespan. As you might have guessed, mass producing this new technology is costly, which is why earlier, Samsung and Apple apparently had a falling out regarding the deal.

It was later published that Samsung would consider manufacturing the two-stack tandem OLED screens if Apple placed a large enough with the Korean giant. Unlike iPhones, iPads are kept for much longer, and it could take a while before Apple places another order with Samsung, and this would not make the story so profitable for the Korean tech behemoth. With the latest update, it looks like both companies have reached an agreement, but it will still take a while for future Apple products to gravitate to this next generation of OLED.

The report states that this display technology will not just be found in future iPad models, but also Apple’s Mac lineup. Samsung is expected to start mass production in 2023, so according to the current timeline, the first iteration of these products will likely launch in 2024. LG too is said to fulfill some orders, but knowing Samsung’s production capabilities, Apple has probably given it the bulk of the order.

Then again, Apple would not be too keen on keeping Samsung the sole supplier of two-stack tandem OLED panels since the manufacturer could charge a higher price per unit, which would eat into Apple’s profits. It most likely is keeping tabs with other firms like BOE, in the hopes that one day, the Chinese display maker would start making such panels, assuming the quality passes Apple’s stringent requirements.

Samsung could use the same display for its future Galaxy Tab lineup, but it is not confirmed if the price bump of these panels will be passed onto the customer.

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