The MacBook lineup still falls behind the Windows market in various crucial aspects such as form factors, peripheral support, and displays. Despite touchscreen support being available on Windows for over two decades, starting with the Windows XP Tablet Edition, Apple has consistently declined to incorporate touchscreen functionality into the MacBook. This decision persists even as Apple aims to foster app compatibility between the MacBook and iPad platforms.

Apple is also trailing in screen technology, adhering to LCD and mini-LED displays. However, recent reports from South Korean publication The Elec suggest that this may soon change, with indications of plans to introduce OLED displays into the production line.

This underscores Samsung's intentions to supply Apple and the MacBook with its 8th generation OLED panels, signaling a potential shift in display technology for Apple's products.

OLED displays boast deeper blacks and more vibrant colors compared to similarly sized LCD and mini-LED panels, all while consuming less power. These advantages would be highly beneficial for any laptop, and given Apple's current lag behind its competitors in display technology, simply matching them would represent a significant enhancement for the MacBook platform.

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Regrettably, Apple enthusiasts will need to exercise patience before they can get their hands on a MacBook featuring a modern display. The current M3 generation of MacBook Pro models utilizes mini-LED technology, and it's improbable that this will change in the coming year. While the launch of the M3 MacBook Air is anticipated in mid-March, it's doubtful that the more affordable consumer-focused laptop will introduce OLED technology.

In reality, it's unlikely that we'll witness an OLED-equipped MacBook until 2025, and the effects of Samsung's influence on the supply chain may not be evident until 2027.

For individuals who are looking to integrate into Apple's ecosystem, waiting a year before adopting Tim Cook's vision of a desktop computer can be quite challenging. However, for those already entrenched in this digital realm, transitioning to an OLED display represents a substantial upgrade. Considering the anticipated durability of any laptop, opting to forgo this year's upgrade in favor of embracing a vibrant OLED display that will be enjoyed for five years or more seems like a clear and sensible decision.