While the OLED screen will be an important addition to both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models next year, the price users pay for it won’t be cheap.
According to BGR , the iPad Pro will be quite expensive. Specifically, while the 11-inch model can start at $1,500, the 12.9-inch model will start at $1,800.
Currently, the 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799, while the 12.9-inch version starts at $1,099. This means 80% higher prices for the standard model and 60% for the larger model. Even the OLED iPad Pro is more expensive than some current Macs, such as the MacBook Air M1, MacBook Air M2, and the cheapest MacBook Pro with the M2 chip.
With the new price, the community’s reaction will vary depending on the audience, with some saying this is reasonable. According to recent reports, Apple has ordered the first batch of sixth-generation OLED panels for the new iPad to LG Display and Samsung Display. Both manufacturers are discussing pricing with Apple, with a target price of around $270 for the 11-inch model and $350 for the 12.9-inch model.
The price of OLED panels is three times higher than the 10-inch models these companies are offering. Of course, things can change as new OLED panels are still in development.
Previously, analyst Ross Young believes that Apple aims to announce OLED iPad Pro models as early as 2024. It is interesting that he thinks that Apple’s adoption of OLED panels stems from diminishing costs. Not only will OLED panel performance improve over the next few years thanks to parallel stack technology and blue phosphor emitters, but costs will also decrease on large display models, he said.
In addition to the OLED iPad Pro that aims to launch in 2024, Apple is also expected to launch the MacBook Pro with the first OLED screen in 2026. After this transition, Apple will switch to microLED – technology for the first time. appears on the Apple Watch Ultra. MicroLED is a much more sophisticated version of OLED, but it offers higher brightness, energy savings, and no burn-in.
Apple is said to have been interested in microLED since 2014, but this technology is still in its early stages, so it needs time to perfect. As for OLED, it first appeared on the Apple Watch and iPhone before making its way to iPad and Mac if the rumors are accurate.