Apple plans to use LCD technology again in 2022 iPads, according to a new investor note from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Apple has opted for an OLED panel from Samsung on the upcoming iPad Air, again reserving the mini-LED technology for high-end “Pro” devices, due to its higher price.
However, The company decided to cancel the iPad Air OLED project because of the panel’s performance and costs that did not meet Apple’s requirements. Therefore, Kuo predicts that the iPad Air will continue to use TFT-LCD technology in 2022 as well.
As for the mini-LED technology, which made its debut in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro this year, it should be summer for the next 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros arriving later this year too. In 2022, however, the 11-inch iPad Pro will also abandon the IPS panel to embrace the mini-LED and the same thing should happen with the next MacBook Air.
The analyst also says that “lighter, thinner and foldable designs will be the main long-term trends for tablets over the next 3-5 years.” Finally, Apple is continuing to research and develop new technologies for this type of product.