Samsung Display is still considering upgrade plans for its OLED gear that will be used for future iPads

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On June 3, Patently Apple released a report titled, “Samsung plans to build new OLED Gen 8.5 lineup to make iPad and MacBook displays for 2024 to compete with LG and BOE.” It was reported at the time that Samsung Display planned to build a new factory to produce its first Gen 8.5 OLED line designed for larger screens for tablets and laptops. Samsung is ordering the new gear next year for 2024 production.

Today, The Elec revealed that Samsung and Japan’s Ulvac will enter into negotiations for OLED Gen 8.5 deposition equipment. The duo had been working on the development of a Gen 8.5 (2200x2500mm) substrate deposition machine that uses fully cut substrates and deposits organic materials vertically.

Samsung Display is expected to make the final decision next month on whether it will invest in the production of OLED Gen 8.5, which will expand its ability to manufacture OLED panels for computing devices such as tablets and PCs. Using Gen 8.5 substrates for these larger panels instead of the Gen 6 substrates (1500x1850mm) used for smartphones is more economical.

The company, along with LG Display, plans to use existing Generation 6 OLED lines to manufacture the first batch of 11-inch and 12.9-inch OLED panels for Apple’s first-generation iPads launching in 2024.

Samsung Display will likely be able to mass produce Late 2024 Gen 8.5 OLED panels targeting Apple’s second-generation OLED iPads (this could translate to 2025 devices). For more, read The Elec’s full report.

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