In his new investor note, tech analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo writes that Apple will expand the mini-LED display technology in the 11-inch M1 iPad Pro models as well in 2022. Currently, the 12.9-inch M1 iPad Pro comes with the advanced mini-LED display which is branded as Liquid Retina XDR display, and the 11-inch model ships with Liquid Retina (LCD) display.
In comparison to LCD, mini-LED technology is better because it uses diodes smaller than 0.2mm to deliver higher brightness and deeper contrasts. The mini-LED panels are more power-efficient and at low risk of burn-out issues. It also enables HDR through local dimming. These features make mini-LED panels expensive than LCD which has resulted in gradual or rather slow adoption to the advanced display tech.
But aiming to offer improved technology to consumers, Kuo also mentions that Apple will introduce mini-LED in the upcoming MacBook Air models. It is also reported that 14-inch and 16-inc MacBook Pro models with mini-LED display will launch later this year.
Apple will update the display tech of iPad Air and iPad Pro models in 2022 and 2023
Rumor mills claim that major updates are coming to the iPad lineup. In addition to replacing LCD display with mini-LED display in 11-inch iPad Pro in 2022, Apple will introduce its first-ever OLED iPad Air by 2023. A report by Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) said that Apple’s entry into the OLED tablet market with a 10.9” AMOLED iPad is expected in 2023 which will boost the tablet market to over $1B in 2024. The size is the same as the 2020 iPad Air. However, OLED display has a burn-in issue, it most likely will not be adopted in iPad Pro models.
OLED is used in iPhones, Apple Watch, and MacBook Pro Touch Bar because Organic electroluminescent light-emitting diode (OLED) technology works without a backlight because it emits visible light to display deeper blacks and a higher contrast ratio than LCD technology.