Apple faces miniLED production issues for upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro

The next-generation iPad Pro might see supply issues due to production issues with miniLED displays. Out of the two new iPad Pro models, only the 12.9-inch variant is expected to get the bump to miniLED display technology, however, Apple’s suppliers are currently dealing with poor manufacturing yields, as per a report by Bloomberg.

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miniLED production issues might result in delayed shipments for 12.9-inch iPad Pro

Apple is expected to announce its new iPad Pro models within a few weeks, and the 12.9-inch model’s highlight feature is supposed to be the miniLED display. MiniLED is expected to provide better contrast ratios, higher brightness levels, realistic colors, and lower power consumption compared to traditional LED technology. So far, Apple has not shipped this new display technology on any of its products.

Bloomberg reports that Apple might delay shipments of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model due to display production constraints. However, considering that the 12.9-inch model is usually more expensive, and Apple will also be launching a new 11-inch iPad Pro, the impact might not be as big as it seems. It is possible that the recent report by Nikkei Asia, which referred to production delays due to supply constraints, might be related to these new iPad models, however, Bloomberg does not expect a delay into the second half of 2021, which Nikkei Asia wrote about. Oddly missing from recent reports is a mention of 5G cellular for upcoming iPad Pro models.

iPad Pro would be getting its biggest update this month, since 2018. The 2020 model was a minor refresh and only feature an additional camera and a minor spec bump. The new iPad Pro models are expected to feature faster chips that would be as fast as the M1 chips introduced in recent Macs, Thunderbolt 3 capable USB-C port, and improved cameras.

We have recently written about how this would be the most important iPad launch ever for Apple, as the tablet line-up now sees competition from the M1 MacBook Air in terms of price, performance, and value.

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