A refreshed iPad Air, packed with an OLED display, is reportedly in the works. Last month, we reported that the OLED-equipped iPad Air could hit the market as early as next year, but a new report predicts that the Apple tablet may arrive later than expected.
Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), one of the top supply-chain consulting firms in the world, prophesizes that the 10.9-inch AMOLED iPad will be available to consumers by 2023.
iPad Air with OLED display release date may be two years out
Rumors about an upcoming OLED-equipped iPad Air flooded in this year from esteemed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Korean outlet ETNews, Taiwan-based Digitimes and other tech blabbermouths. All claimed that the refreshed iPad Air with OLED could hit the market in 2022, but DSCC foresees a different timeline.
The supply-chain firm predicts that Apple will make its first entry into the OLED tablet market in 2023, which will reportedly boost the tablet market to over $1 billion in 2014.
OLED technology is pricey, which is why they're currently limited to Apple products with smaller displays, including the iPhone, Apple Watch and the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. Speaking of the latter, according to DSCC's insider sources, Apple is discontinuing the Touch Bar — I don't think anyone will miss it.
Once Apple adopts OLED technology for the iPad Air, it should bring higher contrast, wider viewing angles, richer blacks and better brightness. Don't expect OLED to come to the iPad Pro, though. Leaks reveal that the iPad Pro will continue to use the recently introduced mini-LED display.