Future Apple iPad Pro, MacBook Pro could feature newly-developed 8K OLED panel

“A Japanese technology developer has developed 8.3-inch and 13.3-inch OLED displays with an 8K resolution, paving the way for future iPad, iPad Pro, and MacBook models to offer high pixel densities that could even exceed the 1,000 pixel-per-inch milestone,” Malcolm Owen reports for AppleInsider.

“Semiconductor Energy Laboratory [SEL]’s panels are claimed to have a resolution of 7,680 by 4,320 pixels for both sizes, with the 8.3-inch version refreshing at 60Hz while the 13.3-inch panel can operate at up to 120Hz,” Owen reports. “On a pixel-per-inch basis, this means the 8.3-inch panel has a pixel density of 1,062, while the larger model offers 663ppi.”

Owen reports, “For reference, the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max Retina displays both offer densities of 458ppi, both current iPad Pro models have a modest 264ppi, and the highest-resolution MacBook Pro models are 227ppi.”

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“At 8.3-inches, it’s a little big for a smartphone, so it will be interesting if that size can come down a little bit. 8K at 6.5-inches would be 1355 PPI, so the power draw would be quite interesting,” Anton Shilov reports for AnandTech. “Other notable developments of SEL include a foldable 8.6-inch OLED panel with an 1920×1200 resolution rated for 10,000 bend/unbend cycles (that is 27.4 folds per day over a year) as well as OLED panels capable of displaying the BT.2020 color space.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We’re gonna need a bigger battery. Also, we’re going to need way more than 27.4 folds per day!


    1. I always love comments like this.

      The reality is the difference between seeing individual pixels versus seeing images that you can’t clearly see individual changes in diagonal edges to what you can perceive as changes in an image.

      Being able to see individual pixels for the average person is about 1 arc minute of angular resolution. With a screen at 24″ from an observer’s eye, the pixel density at which an observer can see individual pixels is about 143 pixels per inch.

      The limit at which an average person can no longer see non linear changes in the edge of a diagonal element on screen is about double that or about 286 pixels per inch.

      The limit at which a person can perceive a change in an image is about 10 times better than being able to see an individual pixel (there are lots of scientific studies that show this limit for the average person — many of the reports are available on the ‘net) giving the limit at about 1,433 pixels per inch.

      If you want to see a TV screen from 10 feet then take all three numbers and divide them by 5 for: 28.6, 57.3, and 287 pixels per inch respectively.

      If you want to see a mobile device that might be as little as one foot from your eyes, then the numbers become: 287, 573, and 2865 pixels per inch respectively.

      It all comes down to how “good” you want that screen. Do you want your screen to be indistinguishable from a physical object (e.g., a physical piece of artwork)? Then on a phone you could want more than 2,865 pixels per inch.

  1. 65″ 8k and 10k (wide screen) are the future of monitors. Having one 8K screen at that size would be like having 4 34″ 4k displays. I still see people with multiple 4k monitors.

    As nuts as the above sounds, once 8K TVs come down in price, it will be an easy and affordable way to get a giant desktop and decrease the need and clutter of multiple monitors for many heavy screen users.

    1. The benefits of higher resolution go far beyond just the number. With each generation, color accuracy, motion blurring, refresh rates, black levels, etc all improve.

      I use dual 4K monitors every day. Would never go back to inferior size or resolution for anything, even when just working on text documents. Bigger crisper text massively reduces eye fatigue.

      Needless to say, there is no Apple logo on my monitors. I use 3rd party graphics cards because Apple’s GPUs are an overpriced joke. Graphics tech from other companies have left Apple in the dust. Apple was the last major electronics brand to adopt 4K, and with Pipeline in charge, it will be the last to 8K as well.

      The 2020 Olympics are slated to be broadcast in glorious 8K. There will be no Apple TV update then. Apple would rather you buy an app through its store in order to watch action sports on your little ios screen, which is useless for high speed video or decent audio.

      The latest Macs — the Mini and the Air — are completely unequipped to provide top quality a/v performance. With Cook, Apple just ships “good enough” hardware for consumers.

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