New rumor coincides with Apple’s roadmap: the iPad mini 7 will arrive in 2026 with an OLED screen

Apple’s recent roadmap that we showed you about a week and a half ago made this pretty clear. The next iPad mini, the seventh generation model, will not arrive at the end of this year or even next year as we all thought. The roadmap said as clearly as possible that an 8.4-inch iPad mini would arrive in 2026 and feature an OLED display. So we really shouldn’t be too surprised to see a report from Naver out of Korea (via Wccftech) saying that Samsung has started developing an OLED panel in the 8-inch range that would be used for the 7th generation iPad mini.

The report even included a quote from an “industry expert” who said: “My understanding is that Samsung Display began developing samples for the OLED iPad mini last month at Apple’s request. After developing initial samples in the first half of “This year, we will be able to enter the development stage for mass production within a year.” While using an OLED panel for the next iPhone mini model sounds promising, the display likely won’t use the tandem OLED technology that Apple employed in the recently released iPad Pro (2024) tablets.

Using two layers of OLED makes the iPad Pro (2024) display much brighter and also gives it additional durability. However, it’s also very expensive to use these types of displays, and while Apple could get away with raising the price of its high-end tablets, that approach doesn’t seem like a great idea for the iPad mini. Apple increased the price of the cheapest 13-inch iPad Pro (2024) by $200 to $1,299 to cover some of the additional costs of producing the OLED display. The tech giant doesn’t have as much room for maneuver with the iPad mini.

The sixth-generation iPad mini was released in 2021 and pricing started at $499 for a model with 64GB of storage. It’s likely that if Apple switches to OLED for the seventh-generation version, it will also start the base model with more storage. This will give Apple the opportunity to recoup some of the cost of switching displays by combining a price increase with additional storage capacity for the lower-priced unit.