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iPad Pro facing shipping delays of up to two months due to mini-LED display production issues

The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is facing two months delays due to production issues. (Image: Apple)
The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is facing two months delays due to production issues. (Image: Apple)
Apple’s impressive new iPad Pro 12.9-inch model could be very hard to find on launch according to Bloomberg. Its vaunted mini-LED-based display is said to be behind the supply constraints due to difficulties with producing the new panels.

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Apple’s new iPad Pro 12.9-inch model has received a lot of attention as it is the first product from the company to feature the previously rumored mini-LED display technology the company has been working on. Apple calls the new display ‘Liquid Retina XDR’ and it incorporates over 10,000 mini-LEDs which combine to deliver a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, up to 1,600 nits of peak brightness along with the more familiar P3 wide color support, True Tone and ProMotion 120 Hz refresh rate tech.

All that impressive technology is, however, proving very difficult to manufacture in sufficient yields according to a report from Bloomberg. This is reflected in a pre-order backlog that is pushing new orders into late June and early July depending on configuration chosen. Apple’s new, similarly M1-powered, 11-inch iPad Pro model with traditional LED backlighting is facing no such issues. Effectively, it amounts to a two month delay or order backlog that will mean getting one in the coming months could be more of a challenge than would otherwise have been the case.

In Apple’s most recent earnings report, the company said that it expected to miss out on up to US$4 billion in revenue due to a combination of what it said was “very, very high” demand coupled with “semiconductor shortages that are affecting many industries.” Semiconductors are also used in the manufacture of LCD panels, so this in addition to the initial production teething issues of the nascent display technology in the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is going to make the device scarce for the foreseeable future.

Pre-order the new 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro with mini-LED display from Amazon.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1291 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, 2021-05-18 (Update: 2021-05-19)