Apple to launch 2021 iPad Pro with A14 chip, 5G networking and Mini-LED

New leaks suggest that Apple is planning to make next generation iPad Pro faster and more power efficient. A Twitter handle, Fudge @choco_bit, shared a brief leak mentioning that two models of the next iPad Pro series will be powered by faster A14 processing chip. Without giving any details, the tweet mentions the code names of the big and small models, J522 and J517, respectively.

The current 2020 iPad Pro, in 11-inch and 12.9-inch models, was released in March this year. Both variants are powered by an A12z Bionic processor. If the information holds true, then A14 chip would be a major power boost for the Pro series devices.

Fudge is a new leaks account and does not yet have a credible track record. But this leak was retweeted with a comment by another account which has earned a decent reputation in the tech industry, @L0vetodream. This anonymous account provided more details of the alleged tablets like names, networking support, display and release time frame.

L0vetodream account mentioned the addition of Mini-LED display and 5G X55 baseband.

As Qualcomm is one of Apple’s suppliers, it might be possible that the company would use its Snapdragon X55 5G modem in the new iPad Pro series. It is also rumored that the same X55 5G modems would be used in new flagship iPhone 12 series. The modem maybe the most optimal in the current market for performance and battery consumption.

Having the new Mini-LED display which has a major price benefit compared to OLED. Mini-LED also offer higher contrast ratio, and ultra-high brightness above 1000nits. In addition, enabling HDR through local dimming is another advantage of Mini-LED displays.

The new iPad Pro Release Date

The expected timeline for the iPad Pro is the first or second quarter of the next year. However, the current pandemic could impact the timelines due to the complexity of operations and logistics.

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