Will the iPad 3 Have a Futuristic OLED Screen?
Apple watchers at the Asia News Network say Apple’s acting CEO Tim Cook took a trip to Samsung headquarters last week to look into using Samsung’s advanced OLED displays for the iPad 3.
According to OLEDInfo.com, the reports indicate the iPad 3 will launch toward the end of this year, and earlier rumors point to Apple buying out all of Samsung’s manufacturing capacity of the screens for the entire year of 2011.
Samsung’s OLED capacity only totals about 48,000 “substrates” per month at the company’s new Gen-5.5 plant, says ET News. (All these OLED screens we’re talking about are active-matrix screens, or AMOLEDs.) It’s unclear how many iPad screens could be created with one substrate, which is a larger assembly that can be divided into multiple OLED screens. But the company’s $2.2 billion plant will ramp up to speed by the first half of next year and is said to be able to crank out 100,000 substrates per month by then.
Even that volume of output might not be enough for Apple’s popular tablet, which DigiTimes reports is shipping at a blistering rate of 2.4 million to 2.6 million iPads per month.
Samsung denies any such discussions took place with Apple. Samsung’s reluctance to use OLED screens on its own tablets this year, according to Slashgear, casts further doubt on the story.
Why should we care about OLED iPads, anyway? An iPad OLED touchscreen would be noticeably better than a conventional LED display. An OLED iPad could be thinner and lighter, with blacker blacks, more vivid colors, faster response time and wider viewing angles.
If Samsung can overcome the disadvantages of OLEDs, such as higher power consumption with light-colored images (such as web pages) and somewhat limited lifespan (although that’s been drastically improved recently), an OLED-packing iPad could be on the way sooner than anyone thought.
Samsung’s proven it can build the magnificent new screens for smaller smartphones, but the big question is, at what price? OLEDs are expensive. But in the long term — because the displays can be literally printed — as soon as economies of scale kick in, the screens could be considerably less expensive to produce than today’s displays.
Enter Apple, with its voracious demand for millions of screens, and that alone might be enough to bring the price down to a range where Apple can maintain its hefty profit margins. We’re thinking if an OLED-packing iPad 3 is not in the offing, an OLED iPad 4 probably is. The question is not if this is going to happen, but when.
Article source: http://mashable.com/2011/05/26/ipad-3-oled/