Apple has scrapped plans to release an updated iPad Air with an OLED display next year, according to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who revealed the news in an investor note obtained by MacRumors today.
In March, Kuo claimed that Apple was working on an iPad Air with an OLED display for next year. Today, Kuo has changed his mind, claiming that this will not be the case because Apple has cancelled those plans due to costs and performance failing to meet the company’s expectations.
Kuo previously stated that the 11-inch iPad Pro would get a mini-LED display next year, and he reiterated that claim today, saying that the mini-LED display will be the “focus of [the] iPad line in 2022.” The newer mini-LED technology is currently only available on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. According to Kuo, one of the reasons Apple cancelled the OLED iPad Air is that it could have hurt sales of the upcoming 11-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display.
While the iPad Air will have an OLED display, Kuo claims that Apple is still researching and developing newer display technologies for the iPad line. According to a report published last week, Apple and Samsung had abandoned their joint plans to develop an OLED display for a new 10.9-inch iPad Air.