According to recent reports, Apple has cancelled a cooperative initiative with Samsung to employ a Samsung-developed OLED panel for a planned 10.9-inch iPad Air. As stated by those acquainted with the situation, the project was halted due to either the single stack construction of the OLED screen or profitability concerns or both. The current widely used OLED panel construction is known as a single stack, and it consists of one emission layer with red, green, and blue colours.
Apple is dissatisfied with the brightness levels of single stack OLED panels and is concerned about the panel’s lifespan, as people tend to keep iPads for longer periods than smartphones, which have a faster upgrade cycle. Instead of using just one red, green, and blue emission layer, Apple plans to use a two-stack tandem structure for its first OLED iPad. The brightness is doubled, and the panel’s life is extended by up to four times.
According to the study, Samsung has only commercialised a single stack structure and is either unable or unwilling to deliver the two-stack technology. Samsung’s refusal to offer the technology is also claimed to be motivated by financial concerns. Preparing for the back-end module procedure for the products won’t be worth the money unless Samsung is confident that the OLED iPad Air will be marketed for a long period. The majority of the rumours concerning an OLED iPad Air we’ve heard point to a 2022 release date. The Elec predicts that the OLED iPad Air will not be released until 2023, now that Samsung is no longer participating in development. Apple’s first OLED iPad is expected to be released in 2023, according to a prior forecast from Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), however, no reason for the shift in production schedule was offered.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated in March that Apple would begin utilising OLED next year, while DigiTimes, as well as sites like ETNews, which rely on supply chain data, have forecast an OLED iPad release in 2022. Because OLED technology is costly, it has been limited to smaller products such as iPhones and Apple Watches thus far. Improved brightness, greater contrast, deeper blacks, and broader viewing angles will be available when it is implemented on the iPad.
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Meanwhile, Apple is under fire after a security researcher discovered many zero-day vulnerabilities in iOS 15. This is a blunder on Apple’s part, as data sharing of any kind without the user’s consent is a grave infringement of their privacy. The flaws come as a shock given that the tech giant has been at the forefront of the data rights movement, particularly since the launch of its App Tracking Transparency feature. We strongly urge Apple to take strict measures to protect user data and privacy. We hope the corporation would be more careful in the future and more effectively implement its data protection policies. It is worth noting that it has been a while since the App Tracking Transparency feature has been rolled out which was supposedly a safeguard of user’s data but it seems it is not that effective or the iOS 15 upgrade has caused the issue.