Apple just updated its 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a gorgeous new miniLED display, and it looks like the 11.9-inch model will be upgraded with the same screen next year.
In his latest notice to investors (vincluding Apple Insider) said longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo he expects Apple to add a miniLED display to the 11-inch iPad Pro and MacBook Air in 2022, with the latter also receiving a redesigned design.
Switching to miniLED with this year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro was critical to improving the display quality of the iPad. Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR technology (Apple’s official name for its miniLED screens) has a whopping 10,000 LEDs divided into 2,596 local dimming zones, which improves contrast, color saturation and overall brightness, with Apple’s miniLED screens Can output up to 1,600 nits under certain conditions.
According to Kuo, Apple is using the display manufacturer Luxshare to supply the miniLED panels for the 11-inch iPad Pro. The company uses a novel SMD technology that could help avoid some of the low yields and other production issues Apple encountered while making the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
In addition to the display upgrades on the tiny iPad Pro and MacBook Air, Kuo says, Apple could also add miniLED to the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. Both laptops are slated to go into mass production as early as the third quarter of this year and may be officially released in the fall / winter.
Given the success of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Kuo’s recent forecast, Apple seems to be planning to eventually add miniLED displays to the entire iPad and MacBook lineup, which not only greatly improve image quality, but also offer them a more consistent experience across all Apple tablets and laptops.
Despite some earlier rumors, it remains to be seen whether Apple will upgrade iPhones with miniLED or switch to microLED technology.