There are rumors suggesting that Apple is gearing up to upgrade its iPad lineup in the first half of 2024, with the upcoming iPad Pro expected to feature Apple’s M3 chipset and a shift to OLED screens. Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC), reports that Apple will use LTPO-based OLED panels on its newer iPad Pro, making it the first tablet in the world with tandem stack displays, which increases durability. The LTPO panel will reduce the power consumption of the iPad.
Apple M3 iPad Pro And Its New Display
Apple has not used a proper OLED screen on its iPads yet. While the latest iPad Pro 6th gen comes with a mini-LED display, it is still not as good as a true OLED panel. According to Ross Young’s post on Twitter, Apple will take a step further and introduce LTPO OLED screens on the iPad Pro. LTPO stands for low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, which is an enhanced version of OLED. The biggest advantage of LTPO is its native support for adaptive refresh rate, which helps to reduce power consumption.
A regular OLED screen requires additional hardware and has to rely on the GPU of the device to switch between refresh rates. However, it can only switch between fixed presets like 60Hz, 90Hz, and 120Hz. LTPO can adapt to any refresh rate between 1Hz and 120Hz, without any extra hardware or external processing.
The upcoming iPad Pro will also feature tandem stack display technology, which uses multiple layers of LEDs, instead of a single layer in standard OLEDs. This will make the display more durable, reduce the overall thickness of the panel, and help to reduce the chances of screen burn. The iPad Pro will be the first tablet to feature this display technology and be the thinnest OLED tablet.
iPad Pro (M3) Expected Launch Date
Apple is expected to launch its newer iPads in two phases. The company may launch the base model iPads in the first quarter of 2024 and the iPad Pro is tipped to launch in mid-2024. However, Apple has not confirmed any release dates for its iPad refresh.
Along with OLED screens and the Apple M3 chipset, the upcoming iPad Pro is also expected to feature MagSafe support, which could signal a switch to a glass back panel from the regular aluminum, to allow wireless charging.
✔️ 1. What is LTPO technology?
LTPO stands for low-temperature polycrystalline oxide, and it is an enhanced version of OLED. The biggest advantage of LTPO is its native support for adaptive refresh rate, which helps to reduce power consumption.
✔️ 2. What is tandem stack display technology?
Tandem stack display technology uses multiple layers of LEDs, instead of a single layer in standard OLEDs, making the display more durable, reducing the overall thickness of the panel, and helping to reduce the chances of screen burn.
✔️ 3. When is the expected launch date for the iPad Pro with M3 chip?
The iPad Pro with the M3 chip is expected to launch in mid-2024.
The reported upgrades, including LTPO OLED screens and tandem stack display technology, in Apple’s upcoming M3 iPad Pro are expected to bring significant improvements to the device’s performance and display quality. With a potential reduction in power consumption and increased durability, the iPad Pro is shaping up to be a highly anticipated product in the tablet market.