- It is rumored that Apple will launch another iPad Pro model by the end of 2020, and incorporate a new screen technology that has not been seen on any other Apple product.
- The iPad Pro update will have a mini-LED screen, according to a well-known Apple insider.
- Apple plans to use mini-LED screens in as many as six iPads and MacBook models by the end of 2021.
The iPhone 12 is this year’s most anticipated gadget, and certainly the most important product in Apple’s range, but the Cupertino-based company has other news in stores for consumers this year. The iPhone 12 will reportedly fall in mid-October, almost a month after Apple unveiled the Apple Watch 6, new iPads and the Apple One subscription. But Apple is also expected to unveil a few other exciting products beyond the iPhone 1
Apple moved to OLED panels for the iPhone when it launched the iPhone X, but the company began exploring another display technology at the same time. We continued to find out about Apple’s progress from leaks and rumors claiming that the company’s next major screen upgrade was imminent. 2020 may be the first year when we see the innovation in commercial products, and a well-known insider claims that it is the iPad Pro that will be the first new product to have a mini-LED screen.
These mini-LED screens have several advantages over LCD and OLED screens. They have up to 10,000 small LEDs that can support darker blacks and brighter lights than the competition. The mini-LED panels should also be thinner than other display choices, so that Apple can make slimmer products or increase the battery size of products that use mini-LED displays.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who gave accurate predictions about unreleased products in the past, said in a note to customers seen by MacRumors that the first series of mini-LED screens will be used for a new iPad Pro this year:
Apple’s mini LED arrays will be mass-produced in 4Q20, but due to yield issues related to the production process of display module materials, 4Q20 display shipments have been revised down by 50% to 300,000-400,000. We believe that the mini-LED screen in the 4Q20 will be used for the new iPad Pro.
The note follows a recent report from the same Kuo who a few days ago said that Apple would accelerate the use of mini-LED screens for its iPad and MacBook lines.
Apple has already upgraded its iPad Pro line this year, but it would not be surprising to see a new update in late 2020. This is because the iPad Air has a newer processor than the iPad Pro. In addition, the iPhone 12 will be Apple’s first 5G product, and a new iPad Pro can also provide 5G support. It’s just speculation based on past rumors and current developments, as Apple has not yet announced anything about the case.
Kuo said Apple had planned mini-LED upgrades for six iPad and Mac products by the end of 2021, so the iPad Pro will be the first of many devices to offer even better display experiences that today’s LCD technology can offer.