Apple has just updated its 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a beautiful new miniLED screen, and it looks like the 11.9-inch model will be upgraded with the same screen next year.
In his latest note to investors (vincluding Apple Insider), longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, said he expects Apple to add a miniLED display to the 11-inch iPad Pro and MacBook Air by 2022, with the latter also set to get a modernized design.
The transition to miniLED with this year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro was crucial to improving the iPad’s screen quality. Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR technology (which is Apple’s official name for its miniLED monitors) features as many as 10,000 LEDs in 2,596 local dimming zones, enhancing contrast, color saturation and overall brightness with Apple’s miniLED monitors capable of emitting to 1,600 nits under certain conditions.
According to Kuo, Apple is using screen maker Luxshare to supply miniLED panels for the 11-inch iPad Pro. The company uses a new surface mounting technology that can help prevent some of the low yields and other manufacturing issues that Apple encountered when making the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
In addition to the small iPad Pro and MacBook Air’s screen upgrades, Kuo says Apple can also add the miniLED to the 14 ” and 16 ” MacBook Pro. Both laptops are expected to go into mass production as early as the third quarter of this year and possibly set them up for an official release later this fall / winter.
Given the success of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Kuo’s latest forecast, it looks like Apple is ultimately planning to bring miniLED screens to the entire iPad and MacBook range, which should not only give a big boost in image quality, but also deliver a more consistent experience across Apple’s range of tablets and laptops.
Despite some previous rumors, it remains to be seen whether Apple will upgrade iPhones with miniLED or switch to microLED technology.