Next Generation iPad Could Come With An OLED Screen

OLED screen on ipad 2g

Taiwanese publication DigiTimes reports that Apple is considering an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) screen for the second generation iPad that will be launched in 2011. 

This is not the first Apple product that is rumored to come with an OLED screen. Apple's next generation iPhone model is rumored to get an OLED screen.

OLED screens draw less power so are supposed to improve battery life.

However, these speculations need to be taken with a pinch of salt. That's because OLED screens are not exactly mainstream right now and as a result, the manufacturing costs of these panels are expected to be completely out of range for a larger screen device like the iPad. Here is a perspective on the costs: A 9.7" LCD panel is priced between USD $60-$80. On the other hand, a similar OLED panel may cost up to $500 per unit making it extremely unfeasible at the current prices. 

But industry experts expect a drastic drop in pricing in the next few months owing to massive level of investments in OLED production by OEMs. Samsung Electronics, LG Display and AU Optronics apparently are all expected to increase the production of OLED panels in the next few months, which could bring the costs down. 

However, Apple's current contract with Samsung worth $240 million reveals a pricing point of $80 per LCD display and DigiTimes senior research analyst Mingchi Kuo is skeptical about the prices dropping sufficiently in time for Apple's iPad 2G launch.  

It has been only a month since the iPad has been available in the US and we're already hearing rumors that Apple's next generation iPad will get a front-facing camera for video chat features and probably an OLED screen.

[via DigiTimes]

  • kram

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  • Angel

    and the talk about the next gen begins… took longer than i expected actually.

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  • TimW

    I think the term they use is 'Progress' or 'Technological Advance'. ;-)
    Tell me, how did you manage to post with smoke signals, or has communication 'Advanced' to pc's where you are (joke)

    Seriously though, technologies advance at the rate that a product released on a Monday can be superceeded by the following Friday.
    Apple won't just sit on the current iPad version, they'll continue to investigate new areas & options as and when the Hardware becomes available.
    If and when Oled panels come within a viable price bracket, then you can be sure Apple (& others) will start integrating them into future devices.

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    Cool. That's what we call technological advancement.

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    iPad /might/ come with OLED…nope!
    iPad 2 /could/ come with OLED….you guess smart one.

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