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11-inch iPad Pro expected to pack a mini-LED display next year despite OLED panels also coming to the iPad range

The 11-inch iPad Pro is expected to get a mini-LED panel in 2022. (Image: Apple)
The 11-inch iPad Pro is expected to get a mini-LED panel in 2022. (Image: Apple)
Apple is planning to upgrade the LCD panel in the 11-inch iPad Pro to the mini-LED backlit type found in the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The upgrade will arrive in next year’s refresh according to renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
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Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro made a splash when it launched a few weeks ago with its new mini-LED backlit LCD panel taking center stage alongside the vaunted M1 chip. Surprisingly, the 11-inch iPad Pro model only picked up the M1 chip and continued with its standard white LED backlighting approach. Up until that point, both iPad Pro models had been in lock-step from a feature set perspective.

Although the reason hasn’t been made official by Apple, it is likely to do with rumored yield issues related to both supply chain shortages of the necessary semiconductor technology as well as problems associated with manufacturing the new technology. This is set to change with the rumored 2022 iPad Pro refresh which is said by Bloomberg to include an all-glass back. According to Apple supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will add the mini-LED display tech to the 11-inch iPad Pro at that time too.

Interestingly, the rumor mill has also been pointing to Apple introducing OLED panels on its next refresh of the iPad Air, and possibly the redesigned iPad mini. Currently, Apple has the panels on these devices locked at 60 Hz refresh rates and it is possible Apple opted for mini-LED on the iPad Pro models as an interim step because of limited options for OLED panels that meet their technical requirements. iPad Pro models have supported 120 Hz refresh rates for several years and going backwards to 60 Hz OLED panels wouldn't be a preferred option.

Buy the M1-powered mini-LED 12.9-inch iPad Pro from Amazon.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1296 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-07-10 (Update: 2021-07-10)