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Apple in long-term development of OLED iPad?

updated 08:15 am EDT, Mon April 19, 2010

Apple may have OLED tablet in long term

A future version of the iPad should come with an OLED display if a rumor from the electronics industry is true. The next model would use the organic display technology sometime in 2011 and would somewhat resemble the next iPhone. Who would make the display wasn't mentioned.

The technology would be a potential advantage for the iPad as it could significantly improve battery life through the absence of a backlight. It would also result in a thinner screen and would eliminate ghosting effects from fast-moving pixels. Outdoor viewability could be a major issue but would be helped if the touch layer was merged with the screen to reduce reflections, much like Samsung's Super AMOLED.

Cost makes it unclear whether or not Apple can reach its goal. An OLED panel at the iPad's size costs about $500 and may not drop significantly by the time Apple would hope to launch the new model. The LCD in the hardware currently costs no more than $70.

by MacNN Staff



  1. snork

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Really necessary?

    The IPS screen in the current iPad is beautiful...better than than my 13" MBP even. I don't see the need for OLED other than the battery life gains.

  1. jpellino

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It increases battery life but then you practically can't use it outdoors? Then you really don't need that extra battery life if the thing is unusable for half the day, do you?

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OLED uses more power when displaying bright colour

    I'm not seeing a lot of benefits for using OLED. It is s*** outside or in brightly lit environments, uses a lot more power when viewing documents or surfing the web and the colour pigments deteriorate under exposure to sunlight.

    Sorry, but what are the advantages again for a web surfing and e-reader device?

    Battery power? No.
    Use in brightly lit environments? No.
    Use outside? No.
    Colour accuracy in the long term? No.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    outside = not an issue

    I have an iPad and I tried to use it outside one time, I could barely read the screen.

    It's not a bright sunlight device either. One thing about a Kindle, it works in that environment.

    I do, on rare occasion, go into my backyard with a book and read it.

    However, for most of my computing tasks, it really isn't mixed with outdoors. My personal habits, are to be active outdoors, toss around a football, do some gardening...

    well, thats just one person, but the fact is, the outdoor use case is such an outlier...just such a rare need, and even as a marketing point, I wouldn't stress it much.

    iPad = garbage outdoors.

    After using the iPad a few weeks now, I must say its a winner overall. But no Flash hurts, outdoor use is not there, and its too heavy to be a great book reader.

    The positive side is, carrying it around the house is a dream, for light use, it trumps a laptop easily.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969



    OLED is just the next buzzword that 'the industry' believes (or wants) a 'cool' device to have.

    Apple cares little about buzzwords, unless the technology brings a superior experience -- OLED, currently, does not. Instead, Apple relies on tried and true technology, that is affordable and reliable.

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