Apple doesn’t like to make many changes to its next-generation products. But it doesn’t hesitate to raise prices. This statement also applies to the next-generation iPad. According to Thelec, the company will sell the new iPad at a 60% higher price than the current iPad. However, it should be noted that the new model will use an OLED screen.
As for the specific price tags, the 11-inch version will cost around $1,500: the current model is priced at $799. The 13-inch version will be available for $1,800, while the current model costs $1,099.
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The OLED iPad price estimates of $1,500 (11-inch) and $1,800 (13-inch) are higher than the prices of some MacBooks (laptops) currently on sale. The 13.6-inch MacBook Air with the M2 chip starts at $1199, and the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip starts at $1299. That’s less than the $1999 base price of the 14.2-inch or 16.2-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro or M2 Max chip.
Previously, we have heard that the iPad with OLED panels will use a dual-stack tandem structure, low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) thin-film transistor (TFT hybrid), OLED structure (glass substrate + film package), and other new technologies. Even if these terms do not change your image of this device, you should know that they are advanced technologies. Therefore, the price increase of its panel supply is inevitable. Both LG Display and Samsung Display are still developing the OLED panels needed for the iPad. However, the final panel prices are still uncertain.
Currently, LG Display is developing 11-inch and 13-inch iPad OLED models, while Samsung Display is only working on the 11-inch model. Depending on Apple’s future demand, LG Display and Samsung Display may make certain business adjustments. It is worth noting that in a recent evaluation by Apple, neither panel manufacturer delivered a performance that would satisfy Apple.