Every time we hear news from an Apple tipster Ross Young, it becomes a buzzword. The one he shared recently is no exception. The analyst said that OLED display technology won’t be available in Apple’s 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models until 2026. On the one hand, this is disappointing. But those who know how Apple works, should be calm as the Cupertino-based company never uses such technologies first. It waits for its rivals to test it, and once a technology is mature, Apple adopts it.
In a tweet, Young shared a recent Reuters report detailing Samsung Display’s $3.1 billion investment in OLED production in Asan, South Korea. Young added that the facilities will be used to produce OLED displays for the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models starting in 2026.
Young stated in a previous article that OLED panels for the MacBook Pro probably won’t be used until 2026. We mean that this is not anything new but the confirmation of an early rumor. However, the reason why the OLED panels will reach the MacBook Pro models so late is that Apple’s supply chain is expected to have enough computers to maximize OLED display production capacity. Until then, vendors will focus on OLED panels for tablets like the iPad Pro.
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The first OLED Mac product is expected to be a MacBook Air with a slightly smaller 13.4-inch display, Young said in the same tweet. Samsung Display is reportedly working on OLED displays that will be used in future versions of the MacBook Air.
Aside from the 2026 timeframe, the information also suggests that Samsung Display will play a significant role in providing OLED panels for Apple’s next-generation devices, helping to launch the 11.1-inch iPad Pro, 13.4-inch MacBook Air, and 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros. This is despite Apple’s stated desire to move away from Samsung Display and switch to its own custom MicroLED technology.