Apple's upcoming OLED iPad Pro will use the 'best panels on the market,' analysts say

Apple is expected to announce the new OLED iPad Pro next week and now a new report suggests that the displays will be the best in the business.

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With Apple set to stream an announcement event on May 7, many are expecting that the company will announce not one, or even two, but four new iPads. Two of those will sport OLED displays for the first time, and a new report says that we should expect some of the best displays in the business when they arrive.

The iPad Pro has long been tipped to be getting new OLED displays this year, and that's now expected to happen next week. The switch to OLED has the potential to bring improved colors and contrast to the best iPads, and a new report by the display supply chain watches at DSCC says that we can expect the displays to be particularly impressive. In fact, the report says that the new iPad Pros will feature the best OLED tablet panels available on the market, including support for a 120Hz refresh rate.

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The report goes on to say that the displays will use a tandem stack and glass construction which will result in ultra-thin and light displays with a high brightness rating. Despite that, the new displays will reportedly offer extended battery life for those who use their new tablets heavily. The display will also last for a long lifetime, we're told.

Apple is expected to use OLED in the iPad Pro's 11- and 12,9-inch size configurations, although it's been suggested that we can expect a price hike to go with the new technology. There have also been recent suggestions by Bloomberg's Mark Gurman that these tablets will use Apple's unannounced M4 chips inside, although that seems unlikely given the recent M3 Mac releases. However, Apple is thought to be readying M4 Mac updates so all bets are off currently. There has been a suggestion that the 11-inch iPad Pro will be in shorter supply than the larger one due to manufacturing issues related to that new display, however. It'll remain to be seen how that pans out when the new tablets do finally go on sale at Apple Stores around the globe.

Alongside the new iPad Pro tablets, Apple is also expected to refresh the 11-inch iPad Air while adding a brand-new 12.9-inch model to the lineup. Neither tablets are expected to use OLED displays or sport M3 chips, let alone new M4 silicon. Instead, the old M1 iPad Air chips will be replaced by slightly newer M2 versions, offering speed and battery life improvements over the models that will be removed from sale.

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Based in the UK, Oliver has been writing about technology, entertainment, and games for more than a decade. If there's something with a battery or a plug, he's interested. After spending too much money building gaming PCs, Oliver switched to Apple and the Mac - and now spends too much on those instead.

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