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