iPad Pro as first device with mini-LED display?

iPad Pro 2018Display parameters on iPads Pro like color accuracy are very important. This is one of the reason why Apple still doesn’t use OLED panels on hi-end iPads Pro. Also, creating an OLED display with wide gamut with DCI-P3 support and 120 Hz refresh rate is pretty channeling. iPads Pro are marketed as professional devices for editing photos or other designing art. For iPads already exist products from Affinity family (“Photo” and “Designer” apps), an example of fully capable desktop-class apps for tablet. Next iPads Pro still won’t feature an OLED panel, as Apple is developing its own mini-LED technology.

Mini-LED technology will allow to get many of benefits from OLED panels to “classic” LCD, like higher contrast ration, higher brightness and deeper blacks. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed recently that Apple plans to release four to six products with mini-LED displays over the next two to three years. And one of these products should be new iPad Pro, but not the upcoming one which is rumored to be announced at March 2020 event. Ming-Chi Kuo predicts first iPad Pro with mini-LED display in the third quarter of 2020. If upcoming iPad Pro will be really released in March 2020, it means two iPad Pro generations in one year.

Server DigiTimes said that Taiwan-based supply chain makers are poised to receive orders for components to be used in a 12.9-inch mini-LED iPad Pro.

Do you think that current iPads Pro are thin enough? New mini-LED technology will allow thinner and lighter product designs. It’s possible that Apple will release even thinner iPads Pro as the current ones (though is questionable if so thin devices will be even more bendable that current ones) or will just put a bigger battery into tablet. Or something other.

Also, Ming-Chi Kuo has previously said that future iPad and MacBook mini-LED displays will each use approximately 10 000 LEDs, compared to 576 in Apple’s upcoming Pro Display XDR. Every LED will be smaller than 200 microns. Pretty funny when we realize size of transistor invented in 1947. And imagine that technology to place current microscopic-sized transistors, LEDs and other components in extremely density to such small place as tablet or phone. And it works.

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