Samsung tips its mass Apple laptop OLED screen and Glasses AR/VR microdisplay production schedule
Samsung gave a keynote speech during the International Meeting on Information Displays (IMID) 2022 expo to present its next-gen screen production plans for Apple's and its own devices. Its long-awaited 8th generation of laptop and tablet OLED displays will enter mass production in 2024, said Samsung, right on schedule, as that's when Apple may start shifting its MacBooks and iPads to the OLED screen technology en masse.
Apple is reportedly planning its first OLED iPad Pro for а release then, too, but it will use the current, 6th-gen OLED panels made by Samsung and LG. The 8th-gen factories will be able to churn out 15,000 2200 x 2500mm sheets per month, achieving greater economies of scale, as the current 6th-gen production lines are making much smaller, 1500 x 1850mm sheets that are mostly used to cut phone and tablet screens from.
Another 2024 mass production schedule that Samsung unveiled at IMID 2022 is for AR/VR device microdisplays. These are screens that are less than an inch big and are tailored to Metaverse gear like the upcoming Apple or Facebook Glasses and the Sony PlayStation VR2. While the first generation of Apple Glasses is said to use microdisplays with record pixel density made by Sony or LG, apparently Samsung wants to wiggle into that supply chain, too.
"The paradigm shift in the display industry in microdisplay will be particularly noticeable," advised Samsung Display's chief during the keynote, possibly referring to an eventual mass uptake of AR/VR devices once Apple releases its first-gen Glasses in 2023.