According to the latest supply chain reports, Sunic System, an Apple supply chain manufacturer, has successfully developed an 8th-generation OLED deposition machine to produce better-quality OLED screens for Apple’s iPad tablets and MacBook notebooks.
The OLED deposition machine is an important piece of equipment for the production of OLED panels, and its main function is to deposit organic materials onto the panel substrate.
Apple plans to use OLED panels in its new iPad next year, so it is working with equipment manufacturers such as Canon Tokki and Sunic System to develop a deposition machine specifically for Gen 8 (2200x2500mm) substrates.
Compared to the Gen 6 (1500x1850mm) substrate used in smartphones, the Gen 8 uses a larger substrate at a lower cost.
The Elec also reports that Sunic’s Gen 8 OLED deposition machine has been licensed for mass production by Apple, The Elec as reports that the Sunic System machine is up to 40% cheaper than the Canon Tokki machine.
Apple is expected to launch two iPad models with OLED panels next year. According to Omdia, this means that IT OLED panel shipments will reach 12.9 million this year and double to 25.4 million by 2024.
The analyst firm says shipments will reach 74.3 million units, or 14% of total shipments, by 2028, a figure that is expected to continue to grow as Apple adopts OLED panels more widely in its tablets and laptops.