According to an industry on the 31st, Apple installed Samsung Display’s OLED panel for touch screen bar for its new MacBook Pro. This panel is rigid-type OLED that is produced from Samsung Display’s A2 Line. It is heard that Driver IC was supplied by Samsung Electronics’ System LSI Business Department and that its design was partially changed to link between a laptop and a touch bar.
“A reason why Apple has applied OLED panel to MacBook Pro’s touch bar is due to thickness of OLED panel.” said a representative for an industry. “Due to OLED panel’s structure, its thickness is three times thinner than LCD panel that has BLU (Back-Light Unit).”
Apple is also said to be considering OLED to replace LCD on future generation MacBooks and other major products.
“Apple is currently looking into ways of using OLED panels for MacBooks and testing their performance.” said a different representative.
ETNews believes Apple will rely more on Samsung for OLED displays in the future as the company has focused on producing small and medium size panels; whereas, LG Display has been supplying high resolution LTPS LCDs. It's said that both Sharp and LG are investing more resources into OLED in hopes of capturing future Apple orders.