Apple has just updated its 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a beautiful new miniLED screen, and it looks like the 11.9-inch model will be upgraded with the same screen next year.
In its latest note to investors (vincluding Apple Insider), longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects Apple to add a miniLED display to the 11-inch iPad Pro and MacBook Air in 2022, where the latter is also set to have a modernized design.
The transition to miniLED with this year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro was crucial to increase iPad screen quality. Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR technology (which is Apple’s official name for its miniLED monitors) features as many as 10,000 LEDs across 2,596 local dimming zones, enhancing contrast, color saturation and overall brightness, with Apple’s miniLED monitors capable of emitting up to 1600 nit under certain conditions.
According to Kuo, Apple uses the screen manufacturer Luxshare to supply the miniLED panels for the 11-inch iPad Pro. The company uses a new surface mounting technology that can help prevent some of the low yields and other production problems that Apple ran on when they made the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
In addition to the small iPad Pro and MacBook Air’s screen upgrades, Kuo says that Apple can also add miniLED to 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Both laptops are expected to go into mass production as early as the third quarter of this year, and potentially set them up for an official release later this fall / winter.
Given the success of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Kuo’s latest forecast, it looks like Apple plans to eventually bring miniLED screens to the entire iPad and MacBook series, which will not only give a big boost in picture quality, but also deliver a more consistent experience in Apple’s range of tablets and laptops.
Despite some previous rumors, it remains to be seen whether Apple will upgrade iPhones with miniLED, or switch to microLED technology.