Apple’s product season has well and truly kicked off, following the #TimeFlies event, and there’s plenty more to come. While we aren’t expecting a new iPad Pro 2021 mini-LED this year, a key analyst has confirmed its existence as the first Apple device uses the new display tech.
Apple’s last event may have been iPad Pro-less but its deputising devices certainly had enough to catch the eye, from a Touch-ID power button-sporting iPad Air 4 to a boosted iPad 8. Away from tablets, Apple also revealed a new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE.
It hasn’t been all that long since Apple released its previous version of the iPad Pro, a device we named our best tablet. However, with new display tech on the horizon, Apple products (except the iPhone range) look set for widespread adoption of this innovation.
While we don’t know if this new iPad Pro will hit the shelves this year or, even, 2021, there’s been plenty of rumour and speculation surrounding price, release date, design, spec and more already – read on for the full lowdown.
New iPad Pro release date
Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has followed up on his previous iPad Pro reporting with the news that mini-LED will debut on the next model.
The most recent report simply indicates a fourth quarter of 2020 timeframe for the production of the next iPad Pro 2021 displays. While the look set to be made in 2020, we are still expecting the device not launch until next year.
The new tech will make the next iPad Pro the first device to sport mini-LED. Kuo states Apple has six devices across the iPad and Mac lines planned for 2020 that will also feature the display technology.
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A mini-LED display could be the big upgrade for the next iPad Pro
A whole load of Apple’s product range, including MacBooks and the iPad Mini, is rumoured to be getting a screen update soon. This would replace the current LCD tech Apple uses on just about everything aside from the high-end iPhone 11 Pro with mini-LED, which is supposed to a little akin to OLED. Expect better contrast, deeper blacks and more efficient lighting. This 9to5Mac report suggests that Apple would prefer to use mini-LED over OLED because of the similar wide gamut of colour but the lesser risk of image burn.
The next iPad Pro is heavily tipped to come with such a screen, and if it manages to hold onto features like the ProMotion 120Hz tech and add a higher quality panel then it would instantly make the upgrade worth it for many.
Highlight features for the next iPad Pro could include 5G, an A14 chipset
More release date talk now, with previously successful Apple leaker Jon Prosser suggesting that the next iPad Pro would simply pack an A14X chipset and 5G. Nothing else new to see here.
This goes directly against the string of mini-LED rumours above, and it would feel very odd for Apple to release two iPad Pros in a single year without much differentiation between them. 5G isn’t mainstream enough yet to sell an iPad and we can’t see many people calling for it to be faster.
Still, many expect the next iPad to come in a 5G version (likely for a hefty markup) and as the A14 chipset is expected to feature in the iPhone 12, it would make sense for it to come to the iPad Pro too.