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The new Apple iPad Pro is on sale now – read details of what it’s about here and catch up on a fistful of things you didn’t know about it here. But if you thought that was the iPad Pro excitement done for a year, think aga
The latest iPad Pro could be replaced with one that has a mini LED screen.
Although Apple doesn’t update iPad Pro models very often – the last update before the current change was 17 months ago – so there’s no way there’ll be another change this year, will there?
It’s not unprecedented, not quite. The third-generation iPad, released in March 2012 was followed just eight months later with generation four, in November 2012. Even so, such a swift update will be a surprise.
So, what’s new?
The rumor this time, not for the first time, is that the big change will be a move to mini LED as the screen technology. Here’s what Digitimes says:
“LED firms are generally optimistic about mini LEDs, expanding wafer, chip and packaging capacity for the segment. Apple reportedly prefers mini LED to OLED for its medium-size devices and will launch an iPad Pro with mini LED backlighting in the fourth quarter of 2020.”
So, that’s October or later, then.
The benefits of mini LED are clear from numerous sources, with improved picture quality cited by many, and as Digitimes says, is seen as an alternative to OLED, which companies like Samsung use in their tablet screens.
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Digitimes also says the just-launched tablets are expected to be made in significant quantities:
“For Apple’s freshly launched iPad Pro, its suppliers are ramping up shipments for the new tablets, with their volumes to the vendor expected to rise 40% sequentially in the second quarter.”
This is partly because of Coronavirus, which sees the need for working from home increasing the need for IT devices such as tablets. Interestingly, there will also be an increase in production capacity for color e-paper devices such as ebook readers, which is a separate but exciting development.
Digitimes has an on-off relationship with the way things turn out, but this report has added credence because other sources, including the excellent Ming-Chi Kuo, have predicted mini LED for iPad Pro, too.
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