Apple iPad Pro rumor roundup: All we know so far

by Jeremy

Apple is tipped to be working on a successor for the 2020 iPad Pro lineup. It is rumored that the following iPad Pros could be launched as soon as this month, alongside the AirPods Pro and Airbags. While the previous one was an iterative update, it is being touted that Apple will bring a whole new display tech to the tablet segment. The upcoming iPad Pro series features mini-LED displays, offers better performance, and sport an updated design. Here’s all we know about the iPad Pro 2021 lineup so far.

New Display Tech!

We have been hearing rumors about Apple devices with mini-LED displays for quite some time now. It is tipped that the company will first bring this tech to its iPad Pro lineup. It was first reported in July 2020 when DigiTimes reported that Apple had added Taiwan’s Zhen Ding Technology and Flexium Interconnect to its supply chain to make parts for its future mini-LED iPad Pro and MacBook Pros. Since then, we have been getting leaks that reiterate that the iPad Pro 2021 lineup will come with Mini-LED displays.iPad Pro 2020


But what is a Mini-LED display, anyway?

Mini-LED is essentially an LCD panel trying to emulate an OLED panel. Here, many Mini LEDs – where each diode measures 0.2mm or less – are used to light up the LCD panel. These also serve as local dimming spots, offering better control over backlighting than a single large local dimming spot.

A mini-LED panel tries to emulate the good traits of an OLED panel but at a lower price tag

Hence, you get deeper blacks, higher brightness, and improved contrast. Therefore, a mini-LED panel tries to emulate the good traits of an OLED board but at a lower price tag. That said, OLEDs still offer a better viewing experience as backlighting is controlled at pixel level.

More Powerful Than Ever

Another big update that could arrive on the iPad Pro 2021 is a new chipset. According to Mark Gurman of Bloomberg, the following Pro lineup of Apple’s tablets will get a new processor, which could be similar to the M1 Silicon introduced last year on the MacBook Pro 13, MacBook Air, and the Mac mini.

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