Apple still plans new iPad Pro with Mini LED display for late 2020, report claims

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The new iPad Pro could be one of two refreshes planned for 2020.
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Apple is planning another iPad Pro refresh for 2020 that will introduce its first Mini LED display, according to a new report. The technology could pave the way for thinner devices, but it may be exclusive to 12.9-inch models initially.

Apple’s most recent iPad Pro refresh, unveiled on Wednesday, is expected to boost shipments by as much as 40% in the meantime.

Apple considers adding another major OLED display-maker to its supply chain

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Apple's going to need a lot more OLED displays.
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China’s largest display maker is publicly confident it will meet Apple’s quality standards for its future needs of organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, displays and is preparing to possibly become another component provider.

A media report Tuesday gives further evidence Apple is expecting its needs for the state-of-the-art displays to grow beyond the supply of its current two providers.

Late 2020 iPad Pro could be the first with a next-gen Mini LED display

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Apple has big plans for iPad Pro in 2020.
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An upcoming iPad Pro refresh could be the first to introduce a next-generation Mini LED display, a new report reveals.

Innolux is said to be joining Apple’s supply chain this year specifically to supply new iPad Pro panels. Jingdian, another Mini LED supplier, is expected to be the primary supplier and may have already started shipping orders.

iPhone 12 Pro with faster 5G may not arrive until 2021, analysts warn

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An iPhone with mmWave 5G could be more than a year away.
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Apple is expected to introduce its first iPhones with 5G later this year. But if you want an iPhone 12 Pro with the fastest possible 5G speeds, you could be waiting until 2021.

A new report claims that mmWave 5G, which is up to ten times faster than LTE, probably won’t make its way to iPhone this year. That means a successor to iPhone 11 with an LCD screen could be the only model available this fall.

New iPhone display maker will loosen Samsung’s grip on Apple

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Apple could be adding a new OLED maker to its supply chain.
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Samsung’s hold on Apple’s OLED business for the iPhone could be further eroded as a new display maker enters the supply chain.

According to a new rumor, Chinese manufacturer BOE Technology Group is gearing up to make OLED panels for the iPhone, starting in 2021.

Apple supplier unlocks space-saving capacitors just in time for 5G iPhone

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One of Apple’s key suppliers may have just found a way to free up a bit more space inside the 2020 iPhones.

Murata Manufacturing claims it has created ultrasmall capacitors that are one-fifth the size of current capacitors. With 5G capable iPhones set to gobble up battery power next year, Apple needs every extra square millimeter it can get.

iPhone 12 lineup could bring more compact 5.4-inch model

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Big changes are predicted for the 2020 iPhone lineup.
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Apple’s next-generation iPhone 12 lineup could introduce a more compact 5.4-inch model, according to a new report.

The handset could be a Pro model, despite its smaller size, with a high-end OLED display supplied by Samsung. And it could replace the 5.8-inch option we’re already familiar with.

The high-end iPhone 12 Pro Max, on the other hand, could get even larger with a 6.7-inch display.

Apple bumps OLED screen orders to meet strong iPhone demand

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Interest in the iPhone has picked up considerably in the second half of 2019, a new report claims. It cites OLED display orders made by Apple to its OLED supplier Samsung Display.

Samsung will reportedly deliver 40-50 million OLED display panels to Apple for the second half of 2019. In particular, the supply volume in September is 40% higher than the initially planned order. That suggests that the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max have been big hits.

2020 iPad Pro could pack brand-new display technology

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Mini-LED screens could make iPad Pro even greater.
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You might want to think twice about upgrading your iPad Pro this year. A new report claims Apple could deliver a more significant refresh with brand-new display technology as early as 2020.

The same technology, which is expected to use approximately 10,000 tiny LEDs, could also appear in a new MacBook around the same time, according to one reliable analyst.

Struggling iPhone display-maker suffers another big blow

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Apple won't give up on JDI.
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An effort to save struggling LCD manufacturer Japan Display (JDI) has reportedly been scrapped.

The firm leading the bailout with a ¥63 billion ($557 million) investment this week pulled out of a potential deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

The future of JDI now looks uncertain — but strong demand for iPhone 11 is helping its bottom line.