Apple’s current MacBook lineup is using LCD technology for its displays, but that may about to change as the Cupertino giant moves forward. A new rumor is circulating that the tech company is considering OLED displays for its future MacBook models.
Anonymous sources have indicated that Apple is planning on using OLED for the main displays of the next-generation MacBooks, according to the Korean website ETNews. The report claims that Apple is currently testing OLED displays for MacBooks to gauge the technology's performance. Although the company is already in its testing phase, there’s no actual timeline of when OLED screens will be fully implemented on its MacBook lineup.
Apple’s latest MacBook Pros are already using OLED displays albeit in a limited capacity. The new models come with the new Touch Bar screen which uses OLED technology. The Apple Watch also uses the same display technology.
Ditching LCD screens in favor of OLED comes with a lot of advantages. OLED displays consume less power which means future MacBooks could come with longer battery life, as pointed out by MacRumors. OLED panels are also usually thinner than LCDs, which should play well with Apple’s obsession of making razor thin devices. In terms of performance, OLED can also produce sharper colors and can be brighter than LCD.
A previous rumor has already indicated that Apple is planning on using OLED for its iPhones starting next year. With that in mind, Apple shifting to OLED for its next MacBooks looks like a huge possibility.
Apple is said to be planning on releasing new MacBook models sometime during the second half of 2017, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via 9To5Mac). The analyst also believes that Apple will be cutting prices for its old and current MacBook models next year, while the refreshed models could finally support 32GB of RAM. However, the release of refreshed models will also depend on the availability of Intel’s next-generation Cannonlake CPU.