Apple plans to release AirPods 3 and a mini LED iPad in the first half of 2021, according to TF Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo. In a research note to investors, Kuo suggests that Apple supplier Jialianyi is expected to profit hugely from both of these new products, as well as the iPhone 13, next year. The note also goes in-depth about the tech giant’s launch plans for the first half of 2021.
Apple to launch Mini-LED iPad and AirPods 3 in first half of 2021
On the subject of Apple’s new AirPods, Kuo says that AirPods 3 will adopt a design similar to that of the AirPods Pro, echoing similar previous reports from Kuo. Kuo’s previous research note states that Apple will launch new entry-level AirPods with a similar shape and design to AirPods Pro in the first half of 2021.
By switching to chip packaging technology, the product could bring advanced features enjoyed by owners of the AirPods Pro to other users at a more affordable price point.
This technology could improve battery life, sound quality, and even improve Siri integration. However, since the noise cancellation feature has been reserved for the more expensive AirPods variant, it is unlikely that Apple will bring this feature to the cheaper AirPods 3.
Kuo also says in the note that the tech giant will release a new mini LED iPad in the first half of 2021, although it is not clearly mentioned whether both products would launch at the same time, or separately.
Mini-LED display technology offers higher brightness and deeper contrasts. Currently, the LCD panels used by Apple use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to light up the display. Mini-LEDs are smaller diodes that are less than 0.2mm in size. Additionally, enabling HDR through local dimming is another advantage of Mini-LED displays.
Lastly, the report suggests that the iPhone 13 will be the first to adopt ‘soft board battery technology‘, which will save space and reduce the costs of making the device. Jialianyi will be one of the main suppliers of this tech.