Apple to launch a larger 14.1-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED display and M2 chip in 2023 – Report

Rumor mills claim that Apple is developing a larger iPad Pro with 14.1-inch mini-LED display and M2 chip. The new model is expected to launch by early 2023.

Since 2021, it has been reported that Apple is going to switch the LCD display panels of the iPad Pro and MacBook models to mini-LED panels to offer brighter displays with 120Hz Pro Motion technology.

mini LED technology uses diodes smaller than 0.2mm in size which deliver higher brightness and deeper contrasts in comparison to the LCD display, currently used in Apple’s tablets.

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The larger M2 iPad Pro would feature 120Hz Pro Motion technology in late 2022 or early 2023

In 2021, the tech giant introduced the mini-LED display panels with the 120Hz high refresh rate tech in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro powered M1 chip and 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with M1 Pro and M1 Max chips.

Recently, display analyst, Ross Young tweeted that Apple is working on an iPad Pro model with a 14.1-inch larger mini-LED screen to deliver a 120Hz Pro Motion display. However, Young is not certain when the new device will be launched, his estimated time of release is early 2023.

Young’s new tweet excluded 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro from receiving the mini-LED update and according to his previous report, both Pro models will be updated with OLED displays by 2024. Tech analyst Ming Chi-Kuo also wrote that the new 11-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display will not launch this year.

M2 chip

In addition to Young, another Apple leaker Majin Bu corroborated Young’s claim of a 14.1-inch iPad Pro. Bu detailed that the new larger model will be powered by the newly launch M2 chip and will be available in 16GB to 512GB storage configurations.

He also said that Apple might update the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with the M2 chip, along with the alleged 14.1-inch model. However, the new11-inch model will continue with the same design language as the current variant and the 12.9-inch will feature more screen real-estate with thinner bezels. Bu expects the new tablet to launch later this year at an October or November event.

Earlier this year, @dylandkt also claimed that the new iPad Pro powered by an M2 chip without MagSafe support will launch this Fall.

The advanced M2 chip, launched in the new 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (2022), is second-generation 5-nanometer technology and delivers an 18% faster CPU, 35% more powerful GPU, and 40% faster Neural Engine than the M1 chip. Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of Hardware Technologies said:

“M2 starts the second generation of M-series chips and goes beyond the remarkable features of M1. With our relentless focus on power-efficient performance, M2 delivers a faster CPU, GPU, and Neural Engine. And along with higher memory bandwidth and new capabilities like ProRes acceleration, M2 continues the tremendous pace of innovation in Apple silicon for the Mac.”

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