18 March 2021
Update: March 17, 2021
According to a new report from DigiTimes citing industry sources, the shipments of alleged 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED will begin in Q2.
Epistar has become the exclusive supplier of miniLED chips to be used in 12.9-inch miniLED-backlit iPad Pro, with nearly 50% of the corresponding production capacity booked up for the tablet and volume shipments to begin in the second quarter of 2021, the sources said.
Previously, DigiTimes reported that the mass shipments will start in Q1 but now the publication has a new stance as it cites the industry sources.
UPDATE (March 1st, 2021):
The next-gen iPad Pro is reported to deliver performance equivalent to that of M1-powered MacBooks. The report is coming from Mark Gurman, a well-known journalist, who made the claim in his recent video. This will undoubtedly make the newest iPad the most powerful tablet device in the world. We have already heard critics praise M1 processors for their performance level in MacBook notebooks.
Gurman goes on to agree with many of the earlier iPad Pro rumors like a familiar design and mini-LED display panel. You can check out the complete video below:
UPDATE (December 28th, 2020):
It is time for a new report claiming that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the mini-LED display is in line for a Q1 2021 launch. Apple is said to have diversified display and touch panel supplies across suppliers. GIS is the newest supplier that has received a contract for iPad Pro display panels.
Original (April 22nd, 2020)
Several reports and speculations on Apple’s roadmap have appeared lately and they all have more or less pointed to the same launch timeframe of new hardware. Apple's new iPhone models, iPad Pro, iPad Air, iMac, and MacBook Pro are some of the notable ones which have been getting the main attention. Now, a new report predicting the launch timeframe of the iPad Pro with the mini-LED display panel is no different.
According to China’s Economic Daily News, the launch of the iPad Pro has been pushed to the spring of 2021 due to supply chain delays with Apple’s component suppliers. This goes in line with the claim made by Mark Gurman from Bloomberg. He also suggested that Apple’s most of the products will be packed in 2021. However, previously it was claimed that the iPad Pro with 5G connectivity will come in the second half of 2020 alongside the new iPhone models with 5G connectivity.
It is speculated the LG Display will be the main mini-LED manufacturer for Apple’s upcoming 10 and 12-inch tablets. The mini-LED panels are expected to make these tablets thinner and lighter in profile. This will also add similar performance to OLED displays in terms of brightness and color reproduction and power consumption.
The upcoming iPad Pro is supposedly the first to have 5G connectivity and it was first believed to arrive alongside the new iPhone models that are also happened to be the first iPhones with 5G connectivity. But this has now been postponed to the first quarter of 2021. It is also rumored that the 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro models will launch later as well.
Let’s see what other details we will receive going forward from here.