iPad Pro with beautiful mini-LED screen might be right around the corner

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An iPad Pro with a mini-LED display could be in the offing.
A mini-LED screen could be a hallmark of the 2021 iPad Pro .
Photo: Cult of Mac

Those eager for the next iPad Pro might not have long to wait. The first Apple tablet with a gorgeous mini-LED display will launch before the end of March, according to an unconfirmed report.

If true, it’ll mean the 2020 iPad Pro will have an unusually short product run.

But word that a replacement is coming soon is unconfirmed. “Apple is expected to launch 12.9-inch miniLED-backlit iPad Pro possibly in first-quarter 2021,” reports Taiwan’s Digitimes, based on information leaking from Apple’s Asian supply chain.

The previous iPad Pro hit store shelves March 25, 2020. Apple launches new professional-grade tablets about every 18 months. It has never before introduced a new iPad Pro just 12 months after its predecessor.

iPad Pro: Advantages of mini-LED

Trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted last year that the iPad Pro line will get a mini-LED screen in the first half of 2021. This isn’t an OLED display like the iPhone’s, but should improve the already excellent screen in Apple’s premier tablet.

mini-LED screens have thousands of small LEDs providing the backlight, far more than with a standard LCD. That gives the iPad Pro much greater control over lighting, so some on-screen objects can be bright while others dim.

The top-of-the-line Apple tablet is widely expected to run a version of the speedy A14 processor that debuted in the iPad Air 4 and iPhone 12, bringing a performance boost. And optional built-in 5G could also be coming.