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Future iPads could get OLED displays as LG expands its plants in South Korea

By Kenny Yeo - on 18 Jan 2022, 10:14am

Future iPads could get OLED displays as LG expands its plants in South Korea

The large 12.9-inch iPad Pro uses a mini-LED display.

Rumours of iPads with OLED displays are gaining steam again after reports of LG expanding its small and medium-sized OLED plants in Paju, South Korea.

According to a report from Korea IT News, LG Display is planning to double the production of its 6th generation OLED panels. It said:

LG Display is going to expand its small and medium-sized OLED plant in Paju. Small and medium-sized OLEDs are part of the KRW 3.3 trillion investment strategy that was announced last year. If core equipment is installed, 6th generation OLED production capacity will double by 2024. It is expected to mainly be used as a supply chain for Apple mobile and tablet panels.

But LG isn't the only supplier that will produce OLED panels for future iPads. Reports say Apple is currently in talks with Samsung too and that China's BOE Technology Group is also ramping its OLED capacity in hopes of scoring a deal with Apple.

Apple, as we all know, prefers having multiple suppliers since competition keeps prices low and also ensures a steady stream of components.

This is not the first time we've heard rumours of an OLED iPad but the timing of LG Display's expansion lines up with earlier rumours that Apple will release an OLED iPad in 2023 or 2024.

This will be interesting to see since Apple currently uses a mini-LED display for its flagship 12.9-inch iPad Pro and there was talk that this new display technology will be expanded to the smaller 11-inch model this year.

Source: Korea IT News via 9to5 Mac

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