If you were hoping to fall for the new iPads as early as this month, you might be disappointed to learn that the arrival of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be late and not hit the market this month, like many. had foreseen it. According to Bloomberg, Apple still plans to unveil the iPad Pro in the second half of April, although the US giant could face serious logistical challenges to meet demand.
One of the main features of the iPad Pro 2021 is its mini-LED display, which uses smaller LEDs to form the backlight. Reducing the size of the LEDs results in a denser lighting system behind the LCD, resulting in improved brightness and contrast ratio. LG and Samsung recently launched TV screens using mini-LED technology for so-called 8K screens.
Apple is tipped to use mini-LED technology in its next models, but some sources cited on Monday by the Bloomberg agency indicate that the company’s suppliers are struggling to keep up with the pace imposed by the American giant due to problems of supply.
The Apple-centric MacRumors news site estimates that Apple will launch its new iPad models in April, but it’s uncertain whether the apple brand will hold a showcase event in the coming weeks. Bloomberg notes that Apple plans to announce new iPad Pro tablets in two sizes, but the mini-LED display will be for the top-of-the-line 12.9-inch model. “This blockage in production could mean that the larger iPad Pro will ship later and will be available in limited quantities to begin with,” Bloomberg says.
The pandemic has been beneficial to Apple iPad sales. According to analyst firm Canalys, Apple shipped 19.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2020, up 40% year-on-year. Chromebooks fared even better, with shipments reaching 11.2 million units in the quarter, an increase of 287% from the same quarter a year earlier.
The new iPad Pro is expected to feature Apple’s A14X system-on-a-chip, based on Arm technology, which is believed to perform on par with Apple’s M1 chip based on Arm technology and used in the MacBook Air. and the late 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro.