What you need to know
- Apple had previously been rumored to be working on mini-LED displays for its 11-inch iPad Pro.
- Apple already uses mini-LED technology in its 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
- Display analyst Ross Young now says that we won't see mini-LED come to the smaller iPad Pro soon, if ever.
Apple had been expected to bring mini-LED technology to the smaller iPad Pro, possibly as soon as this year. But a new report by analyst Ross Young suggests that isn't the case anymore. And it might never happen.
Young tweeted last week that talk of an 11-inch mini-LED iPad Pro could have been premature, and now that same notion has found its way into a larger display industry report. Young says that it's now thought that Apple will keep its mini-LED technology for larger displays — including a new 27-inch monitor that could also pack support for 120Hz ProMotion.
Apple has previously said that mini-LED technology, dubbed the Liquid Retina XDR Display, is only available on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro because it thought that was how its users would prefer it.
Whether that's actually how things went down or not, we don't know. But it now seems unlikely that we will see a switch to mini-LED soon, if ever, for what is still one of the best iPads you can buy in terms of capability and portability.
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.
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This fits in perfectly with my idea that the 11” Pro is going away. The iPad Air 5 easily takes its place. Meanwhile, a larger iPad Pro Max is coming. With a 17” or so screen. Up to 32GB RAM. 2 USB-C ports. Up to 4TB storage. M2 CPU. Better cameras. And, of course, a huge price. But a more reasonable config of 8GB/512GB will be much more affordable.
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