MacBook Air refresh in 2024 or 2025 rumored to get OLED screen

in Future Apple Hardware edited March 30
If a new rumor is correct, the MacBook Air will get a high-tech OLED screen at some point after a migration to the technology in the MacBook Pro and iPad.

M2 MacBook Air (left) and M1 MacBook Air (right)
M2 MacBook Air (left) and M1 MacBook Air (right)

A supply chain report from Korean publication The Elec discusses mostly who will make the screens for the device, but not specifically when. The display for the rumored OLED MacBook Air is said to be made by Samsung, as LG is busy making OLED for iPad.

The report claims that Apple is working on a two-year development project, but it's not clear how far along in that cycle the company is sitting. It also appears that the design is not yet finalized for the product.

A new enclosure for the OLED MacBook Air is unlikely, though. Apple likes to get six years or so out of an existing enclosure, and the company debuted a New MacBook Air chassis in 2022.

It's been thought that the iPad and MacBook Pro OLED screens will use a new display technique called "tandem stack," which could reduce power consumption by as much as 30%, increase brightness, and improve the display's overall lifespan. Thursday's report suggests a single-stack will be used for the MacBook Air.

This is not the first rumor about an OLED MacBook Air. Display analyst Ross Young was the first to discuss the matter, in June 2022.

In a tweet to his Super Followers on June 16, 2022, Young said that Apple will launch a 13.3-inch OLED notebook in addition to an 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Young added that the device is expected to be a MacBook Air, but could potentially be a "MacBook, MacBook Pro, or new category."

"It is looking increasingly likely that Apple will launch a 13.3 OLED notebook in 2024 in addition to the 11[-inch] OLED and 12.9[-inch] iPad Pros," Young wrote on Twitter at the time. "It is expected to be a MacBook Air, but could potentially become a MacBook, MacBook Pro or new category."

Young added that all of the devices will adopt low-temperature polycrystalline oxide (LTPO) and a ProMotion variable refresh rate between 1Hz and 120Hz. While current iPad Pro models have ProMotion, they bottom out at 24Hz. Apple's MacBook Air doesn't have ProMotion.

Apple is currently rumored to be in the midst of moving its Mac and iPad lineups to LCD-based displays with mini LED backlighting. OLED displays, which are already present on its iPhones, would offer some benefits on top of mini LEDs, including improved contrast ratios and increased power efficiency.

The Elec is a good source of information from within Apple's supply chain. It is notably less accurate when it predicts timetables or what Apple will do with a particular part. Thursday's report is more of the latter than the former.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    ym415ym415 Posts: 1member
    Wish they would bring back the 11-inch Macbook Air - best traveling laptop!!
  • Reply 2 of 4
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,031member
    A modern 12.4 inch laptop could probably be the size of an 11 inch MBA, which would be awesome. I have an MBA11 I fired up and updated the OS last year. Great size, terrible screen.
    OLED is a bit if a worry though, on the grounds of price. That is the lesson of the rMB, which had a great screen but was port crippled and with the screen, quite expensive, and was vastly outsold be the continuing to exist MBA, even the 11 inch. 
     The MBA is Apple’s best selling laptop, in no small way because of price. Moving upmarket will mean HP and dell will happily fill the market gap and start replacing the MBA.
  • Reply 3 of 4
    seanjseanj Posts: 316member
    I wish Apple would sort-out its sizing schizophrenia…
    • MacBooks are referenced by Imperial measurements,
    • Watches are referenced by Metric measurements.

    Seriously, how many people bother-with, or even understand both, when measuring lengths?  :D
  • Reply 4 of 4
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,031member
    Um,  I don’t have any trouble.

    but then I am old.
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