The 11-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED screen will debut in 2022, according to a reliable analyst. It will join a 12.9-inch model that already has this type of screen that looks better than a standard LCD.
However, the analyst canceled an earlier prediction that the iPad Air with an OLED screen would be launched in 2022.
Good news for iPad Pro fans
“The iPad Pro with the 11-inch mini LED screen will be the focus of the iPad line in 2022,” Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities said in a note to investors on Saturday, which they saw Cult Maca.
The 12.9-inch version of this tablet released in 2021 was Apple’s first product with a mini-LED screen. This uses thousands of tiny LEDs for backlighting that can illuminate very specific areas. The result is higher contrast, darker black, improved brightness and better energy efficiency.
But the current 11-inch version still uses a LCD with traditional backlighting. That, however, seems to be the last.
Kuo did not predict exactly when the iPad Pro models will be released in 2022. Apple generally updates these 12 months or 18 months after the previous release so new models can appear in the spring or fall.
And this type of screen will obviously last for a while. “We believe that the mini-LED will be one of the key outlets for the iPad in the period 2021-2023,” Kuo said.
And not just the iPad. The 16-inch and 14-inch MacBook Pro models reportedly coming before the end of 2021 will reportedly also use mini-LED backlighting.
But there is no iPad Air with OLED
In June, Kuo predicted that the next iPad Air would have an OLED screen. Now he says Apple has changed its mind.
The analyst cited two reasons. One is the cost. “Apple canceled its plans to launch the OLED iPad Air in 2022 because performance and cost could not meet Apple’s requirements,” Kuo said in a note on Saturday.
But reportedly there is a marketing component to the decision. OLED screens look better than mini LEDs, so the iPad Air with 10.9-inch OLED could distract many users from the more profitable 11-inch iPad Pro.
Each pixel lights up on an organic LED screen, eliminating the need for backlighting. The result is a high contrast ratio because pixels that display dark colors do not have to glow at all. In addition, the entire screen is lighter and thinner.
Kuo at the moment doesn’t think an iPad with an OLED screen will appear before 2024. But Apple is exploring a number of possibilities. “We believe that lighter, thinner and foldable designs are the main long-term trends for tablet products in the next 3-5 years,” the analyst noted.
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