Arguably the most significant change in the new M4 iPad Pro is the introduction of a tandem OLED display — but most notably, the fact that both sizes of the iPad Pro get this upgrade.

On the last two generations of pro iPads, only the larger 12.9″ version got the new and improved mini LED “XDR” display. The smaller 11″ version kept essentially the same LCD screen the iPad had been using for a while. That was a real shame, since in ways like that only the larger variant felt like a significant upgrade from the iPad Air.

But with this new model, both sizes have tandem OLED.

iPad Pro: OLED vs. Mini LED Display

OLED may only be a marginal step up from mini LED in that blacks are a bit blacker and there isn’t any blooming in low light. But in terms of color vibrance, it seems early users have said mini LED comes pretty close to OLED.

Comparison by Adam Tow

To my eye, there’s little appreciable difference between the mini LED and OLED in terms of color detail or brightness in this comparison. The main differences I see are that indeed OLED doesn’t have bloom around the bright spots that contrast against a black background, and that the OLED display has a warmer color tone.

In other words, it’s not a huge night and day difference that’s worth the upgrade in itself if you have a mini LED M1/M2 iPad.

The New OLED Is A Big Step Forward For The 11″ iPad, Though.

The difference between the previous LCD panel and tandem OLED is significant in color vibrance, super deep blacks, and overall brightness.

Max Tech details some of the differences, here:

He’s technically comparing an iPad Air to the OLED iPad Pro, but it’s a valid representation since the Air uses essentially the same screen as the LCD 11″ iPad Pro of last gens.

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