According to news on January 6, according to Apple’s release rules in previous years, it will continue to update its iPad Pro product line around March 2021. According to the latest reports from foreign media, the supply chain has confirmed that the new iPad Pro will be Apple’s first device to use a mini LED display and will be launched in the first quarter of 2021.
Relevant supply manufacturers said that the current high-volume shipments of mini LED chips will be postponed from the originally planned end of 2020 to the second or third quarter of 2021. However, shipments of mini LED chips will still begin to contribute to consolidated revenue in the first quarter of 2021. Apple is expected to launch a 12.9-inch mini LED-backlit iPad Pro, possibly in the first quarter of 2021.
According to reports, mini LED screens can bring better color reproduction and contrast, while having higher stability than OLED screens, and lower power consumption, so the display effect of iPad Pro equipped with this screen is very worth looking forward to. It is reported that the iPad Pro equipped with mini LED was once expected to be launched at the end of 2020, but due to public health factors, related approvals were delayed.
The large-scale shipment of mini LEDs was also postponed from the originally planned end of 2020 to the second and third quarters of 2021 due to this factor. Nevertheless, it does not prevent mini LED from contributing to revenue in the first quarter of 2021.
In addition, by the way today, it is reported that on March 18, 2020, Apple announced the 2020 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro on its official website. The 2020 iPad Pro is equipped with A12Z Bionic chip and 6GB of running memory, with four capacities of 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB and two colors of silver and space gray. Among them, the 11-inch and 12.9-inch wireless LAN models start at 6229 yuan and 7899 yuan, respectively, and the wireless LAN + cellular network models start at 7429 yuan and 9,099 yuan respectively.
In addition, it’s also worth mentioning today that in addition to a high-quality screen, the 2021 iPad Pro will also be equipped with an A14X bionic chip, and this time it is expected to support 5G networks through the Snapdragon X55 5G baseband, supporting mmWave millimeter wave and sub -6GHz, and will be replaced with an A14X processor with a 5nm manufacturing process, and at least 6GB of memory. So this iPad Pro is likely to have two versions, WiFi and 5G.
In addition, a source revealed that Apple is exploring mini LED displays using 10,000 LEDs, each of which is less than 200 microns. Because there are more LEDs and more dimming zones, mini LED displays can provide deeper or darker blacks, higher brightness, richer colors, and greater contrast.
Mini LEDs will also use lidar scanners. Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers now rely heavily on LCD. Apple is currently making changes to the iPhone and starting to use OLED screens. Many people expect iPads to make similar Change, if the news is true, iPad or use Mini LED screen.
It is reported that Apple will also use this technology in other products, including devices such as MacBook Air notebooks and iMac desktops. These products are expected to debut in 2021. More news still needs to wait for Apple’s official announcement.
Apple’s mini LED chips were mass-produced at the end of last year. However, due to the yield problem in the production process of display module materials, the shipment volume may not meet expectations. Therefore, the new iPad Pro may be released in March, but the listing is delayed. The price should be the same as that of the previous generation, the Bank of China is expected to be 6,200 yuan.
Finally, analyst Ming-Chi Guo released a new report focusing on Apple’s new products in 2021. He said that Apple will release its first augmented reality (AR) device in 2021, as well as products such as the AirTag item tracker.
It has been more than a year since the first rumors about AirTag came out. There have been reports that Apple will release this product, but Apple failed to launch it in the end. Guo Mingchi mentioned this product again in the report, which seems to indicate that it will debut this year.
Guo Mingchi previously stated that Apple’s first-generation AR glasses will be highly dependent on the iPhone. It is said that Apple’s first AR glasses can only be used as displays in essence, and the actual calculation, rendering, Internet connection, positioning, etc. all come from the iPhone.
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