The new M1 iPad Pro models are scheduled to go on sale soon but if you pre-order 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021), you will get a Jun 25 – Jul 12 delivery date. Bloomberg reports that this already long month-and-a-half wait is going to get worse as Apple is facing a supply chain shortage of the high-end iPad Pro’s mini-LED display.
The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is equipped with a next-generation mini-LED screen which is branded as Liquid Retina XDR display by the company. It is claimed to be the best and brightest display with amazing contrast ratios.
The Liquid Retina XDR display delivers true-to-life detail with a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, great for viewing and editing HDR photos and videos or enjoying your favorite movies and TV shows. It also features a breathtaking 1000 nits of full‑screen brightness and 1600 nits of peak brightness. And advanced display technologies like P3 wide color, True Tone, and ProMotion.
As Apple suppliers struggle to meet demand, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro delivery date slips further than July
Mini-LED technology is new for the manufacturing industry and Apple has very specific criteria suppliers must fulfill in order to produce its products. Therefore, the task to provide the new display is overwhelming Apple’s few supply chain partners, which is causing the months’ long wait. Bloomberg reports:
The primary issue: producing the 12.9-inch model’s new MiniLED screen has so far proved challenging. Apple’s production partners are still struggling to produce the more intricate screens in larger quantities, people familiar with the matter said.
Users will start receiving their new 11-inch M1 iPad Pro because that model uses the standard LED display. Last year, Apple saw a boom in iPad sales due to remote learning and work during the COVID-19 pandemic and the company expects the stay-at-home trend to continue even after the workforce returns to pre-pandemic routine. However, the delivery delay is likely to cost the company billions of dollars in revenue.
Long wait times for iPad Pros with the more advanced screen shipments began to stack up when the device went on sale for pre-orders last month, and the continued production issues have kept delivery times into July.
During its most recent earnings, Apple executives said the company expects to miss out on as much as $4 billion in revenue in the current quarter due to a combination of “very, very high” demand and “semiconductor shortages that are affecting many industries.”