Apple reveals why there's no 11-inch mini-LED iPad Pro

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What you need to know

  • Apple's Scott Broderick and Vincent Gu have interviewed with Brian Tong about the new iPad Pro.
  • They discussed the iPad's display, power, and why there's no 11-inch mini-LED version.

Apple's Scott Broderick (iPad Product Marketing) and Vincent Gu (Display engineering) have sat down with Brian Tong to talk about Apple's new iPad Pro (2021), discussing features like its new display and the M1 chip.

In a new YouTube video, Tong spoke with Broderick and Gu, discussing the Liquid Retina XDR Display, challenges behind creating it, the M1 chip, Thunderbolt ports, the battery, and more.

Tong asked why Apple had decided to include the mini-LED display in the 12.9-inch model but not the 11-inch, to which Broderick replied:

What we know about the 11-inch user is that they just love bringing a super-powerful iPad with them in a portable one-pound design... they just love the form factor of that. Whereas the user who is embracing the 12.9-inch display, they were looking for the largest canvas to do their most creative work on that product, and that made sense to bring that XDR technology to the 12-inch display for the iPad Pro.

Tong also asked about desktop versions of apps, the battery, developer tools, and more. You can check out the full interview below:

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1 Comment
  • I think the real reason was actually supply chain shortages. There is currently a shortage of Mini-LED display panels and the 12.9 inch iPad Pro is already back-ordered until July. Imagine how back-ordered the iPad Pro would be if both sizes had a display shortage on top of the current global chip shortage. It would probably create another PS5-like situation in which it would be very rarely in stock, and when it is, scalpers would knock them off of virtual store shelves and resell them at twice the price. I believe Apple didn’t intentionally do this. They were forced to with the supply-chain shortages, and chose the 12.9 inch as it was the most expensive “ultra” iPad. However, we should expect to see a Mini LED display on the next iteration of the 11-inch iPad Pro.