It is reported that Apple is planning various updates to the iPad line, including a new iPad Pro to be released in April, a new iPad mini with a larger screen, and a refresh of the default iPad. Bloomberg.
The new iPad Pro is expected to have a design similar to the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros released in March last year, but it has a processor “equivalent” to Apple’s latest MacBook Air, Pros and Mac’s fast M1 chips. mini, Bloomberg report. Both models may have improved cameras.
It is said that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro can have a mini LED screen. Bloomberg, It should provide a higher contrast ratio than OLED screens and be less sensitive to burn-in. A few hours later Bloomberg Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s renowned analyst, claimed that Apple will start mass production of the mini LED iPad “from mid-April to the end of April.” MacRumors and 9to5Mac. Kuo said that since 2019, Apple has been working on tablets and laptops with Mini LEDs, and in September, Apple’s first device to apply the new screen technology will be the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. According to Kuo’s latest research note released today, the Mini LED MacBook Air is expected to roll out by 2022, and cheap iPads like the iPad Air will switch to OLED displays.
Bloomberg In addition, Apple has tested the new iPad Pro using the Thunderbolt port and reports that it can transfer data faster than the USB-C port that the current iPad Pro has.
In addition to the new iPad Pro, Apple is said to be in the process of updating the iPad mini with a screen larger than the 7.9-inch display used in the company’s smallest tablets. Bloomberg. Apple last refreshed the iPad mini in 2019 after not updating the device since 2015. The new iPad mini may be released this year.
Apple also plans to update the cheapest iPad with a new design that is thinner and lighter at some point this year. Bloomberg report. Apple refreshed its native iPad last September.
Update March 18th at 5:10am EST: Ming-Chi Kuo’s comment was added.