Following up on Bloomberg’s report that the new iPad Pro with mini-LED will launch in April, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that mass production for the new product will begin in mid-to-late April. This aligns closely with Bloomberg’s report as Apple could announce the new iPad Pro in April, and ramp up production concurrently, as shipping starts in a few days or weeks.
2021 iPad Pro mass production to start in mid-to-late April
As per an investors note seen by MacRumors, Kuo notes:
We expect EMS to start mass production of mini LED iPads beginning mid to late April. The supply bottleneck, TSMT’s yield rate, will increase significantly in 2Q21, and overall supply chain shipment momentum will also increase significantly in 2H21.
We have predicted in several previous reports that the mini LED iPad will be mass-produced in 1H21. Although this mass production date is slower than the market’s overly-optimistic expectation of February or March, it will provide a good entry point if the related supply chain stock price corrects.
As the rumored March 23 event is all but confirmed to not be happening, all reports point towards an April launch for the next-generation iPad Pro lineup. The 12.9-inch model is expected to feature a new mini-LED display, which will enable it to produce better colors, improved brightness, and higher contrast ratios. Along with the 11-inch iPad Pro model, both will feature M1 Mac-like performance, improved cameras, 5G networking, and Thunderbolt port.
Reports from Bloomberg, Ming-Chi Kuo, and DigiTimes mean that we should not expect any product launch this week, which means that Apple’s first product launch of 2021 is still pending. Previous reports had said that Apple could launch new AirPods 3 wireless headphones, AirTags location-tracking tags, and new iPad Pro models in March.
Apple is also expected to announce new Apple Silicon powered iMac and MacBook Pro models with brand new designs later this year.