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What you need to know

  • Apple is strongly rumored to be launching a Mini-LED 12.9-inch iPad Pro soon.
  • A new Bloomberg report says that new screen could cause stock shortages.

Apple could be set for a supply issue for a product that hasn't even been announced yet. The refreshed iPad Pro, at least in 12.9-inch guise, is expected to ship with a new Mini-LED screen and it's that part in particular that could cause stock issues for those looking to bag a new tablet.

That's according to a new Bloomberg report which notes that the tech is proving difficult to produce, with poor manufacturing yields set to cause a shortfall in overall production numbers.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant plans to showcase a new MiniLED display technology in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro set to be announced as early as the second half of April. But the firm's overseas suppliers are dealing with poor manufacturing yields, the people who asked not to be named discussing sensitive matters said. At least one of the MiniLED makers has had to recently pause production as a result, one person added.

The report says that Apple still intends to go ahead with a launch as soon as this month, although it's possible the 12.9-inch iPad Pro could ship at a later date due to the screen issues. The smaller 11-inch model is expected to retain the same screen it's used in recent years and thus won't suffer from the same shortages.

The current iPad Pro is still one of the best iPads you can buy, while the updated model will likely benefit from a faster processor and other improvements.