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  • 2nd Gen iPad May Sport Pricey OLED Display



    It could be expensive... but, boy, it would be awesome.

    That may be the thinking at Apple these days, as sources reveal to Taiwan's DigiTimes that the 2nd generation iPad model could serve up new OLED display technology that, while costly, would ramp up the iPad user experience to a whole new level.

    According to the DigiTimes this morning, Apple is already hard at work on the second generation iPad, a model that will reportedly utilize the same design concept employed for the iPhone 4G. This information comes from sources in the know from "the component industry." So, if the report is to be believed, the second generation iPad with the super-duper display will roll out sometime next year.

    Of course, the addition of an OLED display would seriously jack up the price of the iPad, perhaps even to a degree that will make the 2nd gen tablet out of financial reach for many. After all, the most expensive component of the current iPad is its LCD screen, which alone costs about $100. By comparison, a 9.7-inch OLED display - just the display - runs approximately $500. So it isn't impossible to envision a $1000 basic 2nd gen iPad model if the OLED display works its way into the mix.

    If you remember, however, there were similar rumors before the January 27th unveiling of the iPad that Apple had already lined up a deal to deliver OLED displays for the 1st gen iPad. Obviously, that didn't happen. The cost of doing so would have all but certainly crippled the tablet's affordability with many consumers. Unless the cost of OLED display technology dramatically tapers off in the next twelve months, Apple may very well have to scrap its OLED hopes once again.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 2nd Gen iPad May Sport Pricey OLED Display started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Apple and OLED... Could it get any better?

      But seriously... could it?

      COME ON, SOMEBODY TELL ME!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I hope it happens for the new iPad and the new iPhone
    1. NessLookAlike's Avatar
      NessLookAlike -
      I thought one of the major advantages of using OLED instead of LED was that it would be cheaper to manufacture? And that one of the (only?) primary cons of OLED was that it wouldn't look as great in bright light (see: outside)? Would it just cost [the consumer] so much because its fledgling technology or is there a legitimate reason?
    1. bimmercub's Avatar
      bimmercub -
      i think your confusing oled and lcd... lcd is harder to read in bright light, but cheaper to manufacture than oled. oled also uses much less power due to not needing a back light. it is also thinner and if i remember correctly flexible.
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      oh wow. let the next iPad rumors begin.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      As much as I love my iPad and would love to have an oled display for it, $1000 bucks for a basic model is a little high for me. I barely bought the 32 gb model.
    1. kickerman65's Avatar
      kickerman65 -
      Is it just me or does anyone else get a litle sick of these "Rumors". It gets a little old. the ipad has just barely been relesed and now theres supposed rumers of the 2nd gen one. Yea right. I remember all the rumors about the 3GS before it was released and i dont think any of them ended up true.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Not a chance in hell of this happening in the next two years. Two problems with OLED screens: huge price and quick death of blue pixels. Neither of these makes this a worthwhile venture. OLED is still in beta for all practical purposes and as yet only Samsung, with their "SuperOLED" has managed to correct the outdoor viewing issues. Whoever posted earlier that LCDs looked worse in daylight is misinformed. LCD is cheaper to make, works better in nearly all situations, and is a more viable choice. The benefits of OLED are better contrast and lower power use. Many years back the claim was that OLED would be significantly cheaper to produce en mass, but that's not even come close to fruition, nor will it for the foreseeable future. Right now, it would be impossible, IMPOSSIBLE, to justify a price hike of at least $400 just to claim you have a screen with better contrast on a tablet that can't be read outdoors and won't last very long. This is rumor for sure, but not based on any facts. "Insider info" my ***!
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      Already just like i thought they release then a month later another comes out and people get pis*** because they got the old model. But led is a real good thing to do to add more life to it.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      OLED is the perfect technology to put into these devices that effectively get a refresh yearly as I believe it has a much shorter lifespan than LCD and other technologies. I am not sure I would want this (yet) in a television (until prices drop drastically), but nobody really uses these products for more than a year anyway.
    1. waheedtarin's Avatar
      waheedtarin -
      I don't believe until it comes out cuz most reports are rumores and no facts I understand that there trying to update this site with reports but I now that from 3gs there where alot rumors an I mean a lot
    1. NetMage's Avatar
      NetMage -
      I use my iPhone for two years and hope my iPad lasts longer. And I still use my original iPhone for development.
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      well, when a 2nd gen hits, most likely next year, OLED won't be as expensive.

      So calling it expensive now will mean nothing in a year.

      as far as it being awesome, not really, bit better batter life...

      IPS + LED backlit looks just as good if not better then OLED screens I have put it next to.
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      I've probably earned myself a reputation as not really caring about the iPad that much, I mean an OSX Netbook would have been way cool, but obviously Apple have to be different. But anyways, I really don't see what everyone is creaming themselves over OLED.....it's a light, thats all. Call me when the iPad has 160GB hard drive and oh I don't know, Bluetooth file transfer and a webcam and I might be interested, oh wait....no I'd still buy a netbook with OSX capabilities, thats runs "old clunky software"..... hang on a minute Steve, it runs OSX, does that mean that OSX runs "old clunky software" too? Seriously, since when have

      Apple been popular for making a product that people actually wanted. Don't get me wrong, some of their products, though overpriced are nice, but why not start listening to their customers and give us what we want....I know, it's because if the 3GS was released back in 07, they wouldn't have anything to release that would have "out done" the original. Research iBlueNova, that app makes my first gen iPhone better than any 3GS
    1. theguy1429's Avatar
      theguy1429 -
      Are you serious? THE IPAD JUST CAME OUT!
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Oled will come to macs before ipads. It will cost that same for a macbook pro as it will an ipad if they do this
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      It would work for iPhone as oled would conserve battery better
    1. shirwan72's Avatar
      shirwan72 -
      I agree that LED + IPS is just as good, if not better than OLED.

      BTW, the rumour is bollox, just enjoy your NEW iPad and think about next gens alot further sown the line.
    1. kenl's Avatar
      kenl -
      they could just release two version of it with one OLED and with as the normal...
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      cant wait to see what happens doubt they will jack the price up if they want market saturation