Rumour has it that Apple is set to launch its 5th Gen iPad Air next year with an OLED display. The Elec, well-known for its reports on Apple’s plans, released a new report recently that Apple has plans to unveil a new iPad using an OLED screen in 2022.
According to the report, the new iPad will feature a 10.9-inch screen, which makes it likely to be the 5th Gen iPad Air. In the report, The Elec stated that the iPad will feature a rigid OLED screen that “stacks inorganic and organic materials in alternative layers to safeguard the organic materials from oxygen and water.”
Last year, Apple updated its iPad Air with an improved all-screen style and its own-made A14 Bionic CPU. Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s analyst, also reported previously that an improved iPad Air would be released in 2022 with OLED display panels, while mini-LED, that was featured in the iPad Pro launched in April 2021, will stay exclusive to the higher-priced iPad.
ETNews, a South Korean news outfit, published a report in May, which stated that Apple would use OLED displays in “some” iPad models starting from 2022. Though ETNews didn’t specify the iPad models.
Looking beyond 2022, reports have it that Apple is planning to release multiple iPads with an OLED display panel in 2023. These iPads will feature flexible OLED displays instead of rigid OLED displays. Apple may also implement the LTPO technology for the 2023 iPads, which will enable ProMotion 120Hz refresh rate, a feature presently exclusive to the iPad Pro.
Still next year, Apple is expected to release an iPad model that will probably feature a next-generation processor. Nikkei Asia publishes a report stating that Apple is currently testing chip designs using a 3nm production process from TSMC and if Apple maintains its regular production timetable, a new tablet having the new chip should be released in October 2022. The iPad model would be very advanced and possibly an iPad Pro, but an iPad Air could be a likely alternative.
How advanced chips are is usually determined by the width between transistors on the chips, expressed in nanometres (nm). 10nm chips are the common ones, 7nm chips are better while the 5nm chips are the current ones used in the iPhone 12.
According to TSMC, the 3nm chip increases phone performance by about 10% to 15% over the 5nm chip and reduces power consumption, which is also very important, by about 25% to 30%. This significant reduction in power consumption would be enough reason to upgrade the chips.
It’s normal to expect the 3nm technology to be debuted in an iPhone instead of an iPad. After all, an iPhone is used more than an iPad and deserves a reduction in power consumption than an iPad, which has a bigger battery. However, the report states that the iPhone 13 that would be released next year would use a 4nm chip, which is faster and better than the current 5nm chips used in iPhone 12, but not a match for the 3nm chips that would be used in iPads.