Apple is about to profit from new OLED panel etching know-how being developed by LG that may permit for slimmer gadgets whereas decreasing manufacturing prices, in accordance to Korea’s The Elec.

The brand new hybrid know-how reportedly combines inflexible OLED glass substrates with versatile OLED skinny-movie encapsulation (TFE), making the panels thinner than inflexible OLED panels. The method additionally incurs decrease manufacturing prices than versatile OLED panels as a result of it would not require a backlighting layer.

Standard inflexible OLED panels use two glass substrates, however in a hybrid OLED panel the highest glass substrate is changed with TFE. This makes the panel thinner, whereas the remaining backside glass substrate is etched even thinner from 0.5mm to 0.2mm.

The ensuing “extremely-skinny glass” is extra weak to breaking whereas being moved to the following course of within the manufacturing line, subsequently LG is growing a simultaneous etch-and-minimize course of to mitigate threat.

Reference to the hybrid OLED know-how first appeared in an August 2022 report from The Elec, which stated Apple may undertake it in iPads by 2024. Right now’s report means that for now LG will solely apply the brand new know-how in its Gen 8 OLED line, whereas its present Gen 6 OLED line will proceed to be used to produce iPad fashions into subsequent yr.

In accordance to the report, Samsung started growing the hybrid know-how sooner than LG and can deploy it instantly for the OLED iPad panels it’ll manufacture on its Gen 6 OLED line. The report doesn’t point out which iPad fashions can be first to profit, however in accordance to show trade marketing consultant Ross Younger, Apple plans to introduce its first 11-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with OLED displays in 2024.

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