According to the most recent investor note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, rather than Apple limiting a Mini-LED display to the higher-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Cupertino, California-based company plans to make the new display technology available on the smaller 11-inch iPad Pro next year as well. This was first reported by MacRumors and 9to5Mac.
Earlier this year Apple announced a new generation iPad Pro with the M1 chip, 5G support, and a Mini-LED display; however, the new display technology has been limited to the 12.9-inch until MAYBE 2022. I say “maybe” because although Kuo carries a pretty solid track record (76.6% according to AppleTrack.com) when it comes to Apple things, we never know until Apple has the final word.
In the investor note obtained by MacRumors yesterday, Kuo stated that alongside the new MacBook Air featuring a Mini-LED display next year, Apple is reportedly also planning to bring the display technology to both the 11-inch AND 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Apple first debuted a mini-LED display this past April in the high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro but excluded the new display technology on the 11-inch iPad Pro.
“We predict that new products equipped with Mini LED displays in 2022 include 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and newly designed MacBook Air,”– Machine translated Ming-Chi Kuo
If you are not familiar with the display technology, traditional LED-backlit displays has anywhere from several dozen to several hundred LEDs. As the name suggests, mini-LED displays make use of miniaturized backlighting that can feature over a thousand full array local dimming (FALD) zones resulting in higher contrast and richer blacks similar to OLED.
While OLED display technology is considered the most ideal, it’s still expensive. We reported on that as well when just recently Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) stated in a market report that Apple will enter into the OLED tablet market in 2023. Mini-LED for both iPad Pro models would be a step in that ideal direction so let’s hope next year’s THAT year!