New iPad Pro’s OLED Display Does Not Feature Always-On Capabilities, Despite Supporting Lower Refresh Rates

Apple recently announced the OLED iPad Pro models, which are unbelievably thin compared to the competition as well as its predecessor. The highlight of the update this year is the new OLED display. Upon initial impressions, we can safely presume that it will be the best panel on a tablet. It has now been discovered that the OLED display on the iPad Pro features a refresh rate that can go as low as 10Hz. With a variable refresh rate on board, the OLED iPad Pro could have come with Always-On capabilities, but Apple decided to ditch it.

OLED iPad Pro misses out on Always-On technology despite housing a display that can go down to 10Hz

Apple’s tech specs page states that the device features a refresh rate that can go as low as 10Hz. This means that depending on the content you are consuming, the OLED display will automatically adjust the refresh rate to save battery life. Note that older iPad Pro models have also supported variable refresh rates, but they were capped at 24Hz, unlike the new iPhone models.

With this year’s upgrade, the iPad Pro’s OLED upgrade will mark a new milestone for the company. However, it would have made a lot more sense if the device came with Always-On capabilities. According to prominent display analyst Ross Young, the new devices are equipped with low-power LTPO technology that makes room for the variable refresh rate that can go down to 10Hz for still content.

Potentially, Apple will upgrade the display in future iterations where the display would be able to go down to 1Hz, similar to the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro models. When the iPhone 13 Pro models were announced, Apple capped the refresh rate to 10Hz, and the devices missed out on the Always-On features. However, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro models come with OLED panels with variable refresh rate displays that can descend all the way to 1Hz.

While Always-On technology would have been a more than welcome addition, we are glad that the company has switched to OLED panels from mini-LED. Apple calls it tandem OLED, which means that the technology makes use of two panels stacked in a way to offer better color accuracy while making it brighter for SDR content. The previous models were able to reach brightness levels up to 600 nits but this year, the OLED iPad Pro can push peak brightness to 1,600 nits.

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