11-inch iPad Pro ‘not expected to gain mini-LED display this year’

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According to a tweet from Apple observer and display expert Ross Young, we shouldn’t expect to see the launch of an 11-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED screen during 2022.

Earlier speculation had suggested that Apple would take the newer display technology from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and incorporate it into the tablet’s smaller counterpart, too. However, a Twitter account purportedly belonging to the respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has indicated that Apple may not release any mini-LED products at all this side of 2023, due to cost constraints.

Furthermore, Young suggested on his own Twitter account that with the 12.9-inch mini-LED iPad Pro “doing really well” for Apple, the Cupertino company didn’t “need” to also offer the display technology on the 11-inch iPad Pro. He stated: “Don’t expect it this year.”

The two sizes of iPad Pro share the same M1 Apple silicon chip, camera, and design; the only differences between the variants, apart from size, are their display technologies and battery capacities.

However, if Apple was to give the 11-inch iPad Pro a mini-LED display, this raises the question of whether there would be much to set the two models apart – thereby potentially making the 12.9-inch model a less alluring prospect to many would-be purchasers.

During the time of the launch of the 2021 iPad Pro, Apple explained its reasoning for limiting mini-LED displays to the 12.9-inch model, suggesting that those who chose the larger iPad were likely to be using it to “do their most creative work”, and therefore expected a higher-quality screen.

By contrast, Apple executive Scott Brodrick said that users choosing the 11-inch model “just love bringing a super-powerful iPad with them in a portable one-pound design” – an apparent implication that such buyers aren’t so concerned about having a mini-LED display.

Reports also suggest that OLED display technology will be coming to the iPad in 2024, but this is yet to be confirmed.

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