Apple plans to release the first MacBook with an OLED display by the end of 2024, according to supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a series of tweets today, Kuo claimed that OLED technology would enable more streamlined and lightweight MacBook designs.
All current MacBooks have LCD panels, and the most recent 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models have mini-LED backlighting and Promotion. In contrast to LCDs with mini-LEDs, OLED displays have self-emitting pixels and do not require backlighting, giving MacBooks an even higher contrast ratio and longer battery life. According to Ross Young, a display industry analyst, Apple will release a new 13-inch MacBook Air with an OLED display in 2024.
He also predicts that Apple will release new 11.1-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro models with OLED displays in 2019. Over the next few years, OLED displays appear to be destined for Macs and iPads, but the Apple Watch may abandon the technology.
According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, a new Apple Watch Ultra with a microLED display could be available by the end of 2024. MicroLED technology would provide more brightness and a higher contrast ratio than current Apple Watch models with OLED displays.