First OLED Apple Studio Display monitor tipped to get a Quantum Dot Samsung screen
Samsung is preparing a Quantum Dot OLED display line that industry insiders claim is meant to supply Apple with 27-inch panels. Since that is the exact size of the current Apple Studio Display model, Samsung's A5 manufacturing line "main customer is expected to be Apple," and the line may be dedicated exclusively to Apple's future orders.
This could be the first Apple monitor with OLED screen, as the current 27-inch Studio Display carries a 5K IPS Retina panel with 5120-by-2880 pixels resolution and 600 nits brightness. Ditto for Apple's most expensive 32-inch Pro Display XDR which also sports IPS screen technology.
Apple is rumored to launch its first iPad with OLED screen supplied by Samsung and LG in 2024, followed by MacBooks in 2025, and, eventually, laptops with foldable display panels. That's when we should be expecting the Quantum Dot OLED Apple Studio Display, too, tipped the UBI research firm chief during today's keynote at an OLED industry seminar in Seoul. The reason is that Samsung is working to equalize the life span of the blue light-emitting diodes with the red and green ones, so "OLED panels with phosphorescent devices will be mass-produced in 2025."
Initially, Samsung will use dual-stack 8th-gen tandem OLED displays for iPads and MacBooks in the 10-20 inch size, as that's one way to achieve OLED screen longevity without burn-in for devices like laptops or tablets that are typically used longer than phones. LG already has dual-stack OLED panels for automotive application on the market used by Mercedes for the Hyperscreen in its electric vehicles, and Samsung is also working on this long-life OLED technology.
"The blue phosphorescent device, which is being developed by Samsung Display and UDC, respectively, is highly likely to be commercialized in 2025, and the commercialization of the blue phosphorescent device will support a quantum jump in the OLED industry," commented UBI's CEO. This is precisely the technology Samsung will be gunning for when it develops QD-OLED screens for devices above the 20-inch diagonal like Apple's future Studio Displays.
Not only would it pave the way for reducing the number of light-emitting layers hence the material cost, but this new generation Quantum Dot OLED would allow faster and easier mass production, too, so the dual-stack solution might not be needed at all then. "Once the blue phosphorescent device is developed, the transition from liquid crystal display to OLED will accelerate," added UBI's research firm head.