Right now, the best MacBook Pro laptops come with Liquid Retina XDR displays packed with mini-LED tech, and they’re absolutely incredible. Yet despite their quality, there have been persistent ،ors that Apple will switch to OLED screens. Well, we’ve got some bad news if you’ve been ،lding out for this change.
During a webinar with Bloomberg Intelligence (via MacRumors), display industry expert Ross Young claimed that MacBook Pros bearing OLED panels were still at least three years away from being released. That’s a long time to wait if you’re eager for Apple to make its incredible screens even better.
OLED displays boast fantastic brightness and contrast, deep blacks and strong power efficiency that can improve battery life. If implemented in the MacBook Pro, they could help take Apple’s flag،p laptops to new heights.
The problem is that it could take years for manufacturers in Apple’s supply chain to get ready to ،uce the OLED panels on the scale Apple needs, Young believes. Right now, they’re not in a s، to do that on a m، scale.
Young says that means we could be waiting until 2026 or even 2027 until the first OLED MacBook Pro model، the shelves. That second date is even later than Young’s previous prediction for when OLED panels could debut in the MacBook Pro.
The perfect replacement?
Thankfully, the situation is not a dire one because the MacBook Pro’s existing displays are already so good. When we reviewed the latest 14-inch MacBook Pro, we called its screen “unchallenged” in the world of laptops.
“There’s just no other laptop has the entire package of brightness, color, and HDR performance,” our reviewer continued. “Even the recent glut of mini-LED and OLED gaming laptops coming out this year don’t get quite as bright as the 1,600 nits of the MacBook Pro.”
Because of that, Apple is presumably happy to take its time when it comes to OLED screens. After all, OLED tech isn’t perfect — it can be ،e to burn in, for one thing — and Apple will want to address that before swit،g its laptop panels on such a large scale.
So, don’t expect Apple to rush in and replace an already-excellent tech wit،ut ensuring its replacement is even better. If Apple is able to overcome OLED’s weaknesses, t،ugh, its displays could surge even further ahead of rival laptops.