What you need to know
- Apple released a new 12.9-inch iPad with mini-LED display earlier this year.
- Supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says this feature is coming to the 11-inch model in 2022.
- He also says a newly designed MacBook Air is coming, echoing previous reports.
A new report from supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo states that Apple's 11-inch iPad Pro will get the mini-LED display from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2021) next year.
In a note seen by iMore Kuo states "we predict that new products equipped with mini LED displays in 2022 include 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and newly designed MacBook Air."
The news marks the first clear sign that Apple plans to expand its upgraded mini-LED display of the largest iPad Pro to the smaller model in the lineup, bringing with it a much more vibrant screen for better content consumption and creation.
Following the iPad Pro's earlier this year Apple said it made sense to bring XDR technology to the larger iPad Pro because that's where most creators do their work. More likely, Apple may have simply not had the technology ready for the smaller size, or wanted to wait a year.
Again echoing previous reports, Kuo also says a new 2022 MacBook Air will feature a mini-LED and an all-new design. We heard earlier this week Apple is expected to debut a new M2 Apple silicon chip and new MacBook Air in the first half of next year, which could make it one of the best MacBooks ever made.
On Friday, Kuo also reiterated that new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are expected to debut in Q3 of 2021.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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