When Apple refreshed its 12.9-inch iPad Pro earlier this year, they introduced a brand new mini LED display. It’s an interesting choice given that Apple uses OLED for its iPhones, but perhaps an OLED display that big would have been too expensive. However, we have heard rumblings that Apple could be developing such a tablet, but now it seems that those plans might have been shelved.
According to Korean publication The Elec, it was reported that Apple was working with Samsung to develop a 10.68-inch OLED iPad. As Samsung is one of the most dominant suppliers of OLED panels in the world right now, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Apple would have turned to them for help.
Both companies have also worked together in the past and still do to a certain extent, so this isn’t entirely out of the question. However, the report claimed that due to multiple issues, both companies have cancelled their joint project. The reasons behind the cancellation are unclear, as it has been suggested that it could have been due to technical hurdles, profitability, or both.
Nothing has been confirmed yet so it’s hard to say how true this report is to begin with. Also, assuming it’s true, we doubt that this means Apple has scrapped their plans entirely. It is possible that they could try to seek out a different supplier or revisit talks with Samsung again in the future.