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Don't order that iPad Pro yet! Apple reportedly still has a mini-LED iPad Pro coming in 2020.

12.9-inch iPad Pro
12.9-inch iPad Pro (Image credit: Joseph Keller / iMore)

What you need to know

  • A new report claims Apple will launch a new iPad Pro later this year.
  • That iPad Pro will have a mini-LED display for the first time.
  • That despite both iPad Pro models having just been refreshed by Apple.

Despite Apple having just refreshed the iPad Pro, a new report claims that we can expect another device to land later this year. And this one will feature a mini-LED display for the first time.

This report comes courtesy of the always unpredictable DigiTimes, so it needs to be taken with a sizeable grain of salt. But it does mimic a similar report from earlier this year, so there may well be something to it.

Apple is reportedly keen to make the move to mini-LED as soon as possible, with thinner displays, solid blacks, and imroved color accuracy all pushing the company in that direction.

Apple reportedly prefers mini LED to OLED for its medium-size devices and will launch an ‌iPad Pro‌ with backlighting in the fourth quarter of 2020.

But with Apple having just released the new iPad Pro updates, it surely won't be doing so again later this year. And if Apple does intend to fire another iPad Pro into the market, it will presumably sit above the existing devices. I'd expect differentiators beyond mini-LED if that is to be the case.

Normally I'd think that the display might be larger, but analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has already suggested we should expect any mini-LED iPad Pro to retain the same 12.9-inch form factor.

I'd love to know what you'd want from an even higher-end iPad Pro down in the comments, please. I'm not sure what Apple could add beyond more storage and a new Apple A13X processor. Would that be enough to charge a premium over the current iPad Pro?

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

2 Comments
  • I doubt very much I'll be able to appreciate the difference between the current iPad display and the "deeper blacks" of mini-LED. I can rarely see a difference between an LED screen an OLED screen (and I suspect that's true for most people too). But I'd appreciate not being expected to drop iPad money on a device with an A12 chip in it. I wonder if it'll fit the hyper-expensive new keyboard cover. I'm considering buying one for my 2018 iPad Pro and then holding out for this hoped-for late 2020 iPad.
  • Besides an A13X, what it would really need is better cameras. I’m sorry, but adding a 10MP extra wide angle lens is NOT an upgrade. Whose brilliant idea was that? 2x zoom out? Who needs that? Just back up a few steps. Add a telephoto lens with 2x or 3x zoom IN. There are MANY more times when you can’t get closer to your subject, than when you can’t get further away. How about a 2nd USB-C port? How about a bigger battery? Why are all iPads limited to 10 hours? There are iPhones that get 15 hours.