The M2 MacBook Air has been out for over a semester, and it brings an improved, larger Liquid Retina display that now supports billions of colors. So what is next for the Air? According to reputable computer display analyst, Ross Young, Apple is planning a MacBook Air with a 13.4-inch OLED display for next year, which will be a significant improvement over the existing LCD panel found in many of Apple’s entry-level and mid-tier iPads and MacBooks.
The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros have actually had mini-LED displays, which do offer higher brightness and contrast ratios, but are not as advanced as OLED displays. Although it seems logical that Apple would introduce OLED displays on the MacBook Pro first, Young has reported that the Pro will not likely adopt that technology until 2026. Instead, Apple will shift its focus on developing OLED displays for its upcoming 11.1-inch and 13-inch iPad Pros as well as the MacBook Air for next year. Young also expects Apple to debut the larger 15-inch MacBook Air with a Liquid Retina Display this year, which is in line with many of the sources.
As mentioned before, OLED displays offer exceptional color accuracy, bright whites, and deep blacks. This level of contrast ratio is achieved by having each of the pixels of the display turn on and off individually, which eliminates the need for a backlight. That’s why you’ll see a black background as “gray” on an LCD display where as you’ll see true blacks when viewing the same background.