Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Mini-LED display will be launched in the first quarter of 2021, according to a new report from DigiTimes. The report claims that Apple has diversified the supply chain for monitors and touch panels, with BOE finally getting approval to supply OLED panels for iPhone and GIS, and moving to provide touch panels for both iPhone and the upcoming iPad Pro.
GIS approved investments of NT $ 2.198 billion (USD 76.3 million) and NT $ 1.421 billion proposed by the subsidiaries in Chengdu, China in August and November 2020, respectively, with the funds to focus on expanding the production capacity of integrated touch modules used in tablets, the sources so. The subsidiary will invest an additional $ 753 million NT to improve production line automation. The subsidiary currently produces integrated touch modules for iPads and MacBooks, the sources said.
In addition to iPhones, GIS will produce integrated touch modules for miniLED backlit panels with 12.9-inch iPad Pro to be launched in the first quarter of 2021, the sources noted.
Apple has been rumored for some time to prepare a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a iniMini-LED screen, which will offer a number of improvements over current iPad screens, including darker blacks, brighter lights, richer colors and better contrast. By using thousands of individual LEDs to illuminate the screen, the technology should deliver many of the benefits that OLED screens provide, but without any of the disadvantages of that technology.
Previous reports, including from the renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, have indicated that the iniMini-LED iPad Pro will be launched sometime in the first half of 2021, but today’s report from DigiTimes indicates that the debut is expected early in that time frame.
Looking beyond the next generation iPad Pro, there have been a couple of reports claiming that Apple wants to transfer the line to OLED display technology, although it seems unlikely that Apple will just switch cards to Mini-LED before switching to OLED. Rumor has it that the OLED iPad Pro will be launched in the second half of 2021, but a recent report claims that the change is unlikely to happen until 2022 at the earliest.