We recently reported on rumors regarding what to expect from the next generation of iPad Pros – but both the iPad Air and MacBook Air look set to receive some pretty impressive display updates next year, too.
Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who has become something of an unofficial spokesperson for Apple of late) has suggested the 2022 MacBook Air will feature a Mini-LED display – of the sort expected to arrive with the larger variant of the next iPad Pro – while the 2022 iPad Air will benefit from an OLED display.
The current MacBook Air (M1, 2020) boasts an already-impressive Retina True Tone display, but Mini-LED tech would bring improved contrast ratios and color reproduction to the device, making its display even more suited to professionals who work in visual mediums.
- What to expect from the iPad Pro (2021)
- Read our review of the MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
- New M1 MacBook Pros said to be delayed, but still landing this year
Kuo suggests that because Mini-LED display technology is more expensive, Apple’s next iPad Air models will instead benefit from OLED screens to ensure these devices remain the most affordable entry in the iPad range.
This doesn’t come at the expense of an upgrade over its predecessor, though, since an OLED display would mark an improvement on the iPad Air’s current Liquid Retina display – which, again, is already mightily impressive considering its $599 / £579 / AU$899 price tag.
Too bright for some
Kuo also adds that Apple has no plans to bring OLED to its high productivity devices because of “burn-in concerns” – when visible marks are effectively ‘burned in’ to the display due to fixed images remaining on the screen for a long period of time.
This is particularly problematic for users who work with visually-demanding software over many hours, hence why (as well as its increased cost) Apple is likely to instead bring Mini-LED technology to its premium devices – the 2022 MacBook Air, the largest 2021 iPad Pro and, as previously reported, the new MacBook Pro, which is expected to land this year.
For most iPad users, though, an OLED display would be unlikely to pose the same burn-in concerns, and instead mark a noticeable upgrade over existing iPad displays. Apple fans should be excited, then, to see OLED technology arrive on the new iPad Pros (aside from the 12.9-inch model) as well as the next iPad Air tablets.
In any case, the future seems bright for whichever new Apple device you’re on the look-out for next.
- What’s the best tablet you can buy right now?
Get daily insight, inspiration and deals in your inbox
Get the hottest deals available in your inbox plus news, reviews, opinion, analysis and more from the TechRadar team.
Axel is a London-based Senior Staff Writer at TechRadar, reporting on everything from the latest Apple developments to newest movies as part of the site's daily news output. Having previously written for publications including Esquire and FourFourTwo, Axel is well-versed in the applications of technology beyond the desktop, and his coverage extends from general reporting and analysis to in-depth interviews and opinion.
Axel studied for a degree in English Literature at the University of Warwick before joining TechRadar in 2020, where he then earned an NCTJ qualification as part of the company’s inaugural digital training scheme.