Bloomberg: 12.9-inch iPad Pro will bring mini-LED display in April, despite shortages

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A report by Bloomberg suggests that Apple is still on track to unveil its refreshed iPad Pro tablets this month, despite issues with supply.

The problem is with mini-LED display supply constraints. Apple is rumored to upgrade the LCD on at least the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display in 2021. There’s still no confirmation if the 11-inch iPad Pro will also get a mini-LED or stick with its LCD. Bloomberg’s report suggests that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could become official alongside the 11-inch one, but ship later and in lower quantities.

A mini-LED display is said to improve on the contrast and brightness levels of the iPad Pro’s screen.

Meanwhile a trio of iPad dummies envisions what the refreshed 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s and the new iPad mini 6 could look like.

The iPad Pro’s appear similar to the current 2020 models, save for the triple cameras on the rear and the omission of a Smart Connector on the back of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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The iPad mini 6 appears to have retained the physical home button, but is reportedly slightly thicker. Previous rumors suggested a bump in screen size – between 8.4-inch and 9-inches.

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Apple’s refreshed iPad Pros are rumored to launch with an A14X chipset, with similar performance to the M1, and Thunderbolt 4 support.

Thunderbolt would allow the iPad Pro to connect to external displays, storage drives and peripherals and would bring the iPad much closer to the Mac in terms of personal computing capabilities.

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