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Apple's next iPad will feature a mini-LED backlit display and will be released in early 2021, according to a report from the supply chain. Similar rumors have been reported often in the past, but the credibility of the rumors seems to have been strengthened further.
Mini-LED is a system that keeps the structure of combining a backlight LED with a conventional LCD, but with a finer division of the backlight.
Combining this with local dimming technology, which allows the brightness to be controlled for each area of the screen, makes it possible to "partially turn off the backlight," resulting in high-purity blacks and contrast similar to that of OLED panels. In addition to this, power savings can be expected, and since it does not contain organic substances, it is considered superior to OLED panels in terms of resistance to burnout.
According to the South Korean industry newsletter ETNews, LG Display will supply mini-LED displays for new iPads, due to be released in the first quarter of 2021. Taiwan-based Epistar will supply the mini-LEDs, while TSMT will be responsible for the surface mounting of the mini-LEDs, and LG will assemble them into a complete display. And LG is also reportedly likely to begin its mass production at the end of 2020.
Nearly the same supply chain information was reported in June by Korean media outlet The Elec, which also narrowed down the launch date to "first quarter of 2021".
ETNews only referred to it as "new iPads" and did not specify the model, but as is customary with Apple products, "the use of new technology displays will begin with the high-end models".
And as for the new iPad Pro with a mini-LED display, L0vetodream, a famous leaker (a leading source of information on hot unannounced products), tweeted a prediction that it will come in the first half of 2021 with the A14X (the tentative name for a chip based on the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12) and with 5G support. Meanwhile, its screen size will be 12.9 inches, claimed by renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and Taiwan's DigiTimes.
The current iPad Pro's latest model was launched in March 2020, which has physically the same A12Z as the two-year-old A12X (with one disabled GPU core enabled), and features an ultra-wide-angle camera on the back and a LiDAR scanner for 3D recognition, among other advancements, but only minor updates. If the rumors are true, this will be the first major overhaul in two years since the iPad Pro (2018).
ETNews also reported that the mini-LED displays are expected to be actively used in future MacBook series and iMac models as well. This was also mentioned by Ming-Chi Kuo, and it may be that the display integrated Macs will be revamped with the Apple-designed processors, Apple Silicon.
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