Apple will seemingly be using Mini-LED displays on its iPad Pro models due to launch in the second half of 2020. The company will be sourcing the panels from Jingdian with Innolux being the secondary supplier.
Innolux sent samples of its Mini-LED displays to Apple and won the orders for the iPad Pro. This will be the first time that the Taiwanese company has managed to make its way into Apple’s supply chain. It managed to win the order after investing heavily in R&D. Jingdian already supplies Apple with Mini-LED panels for the Pro Display XDR.
Mini-LED panels offer the same advantage as OLED panels that are currently being used by Apple on its iPhone lineup. They will, however, allow for thinner and lighter devices along with higher brightness levels.
Apple is expected to launch multiple products with Mini-LED displays within the next two to three years. The company has so far only launched the Pro Display XDR with a Mini-LED panel. Apart from that, it is rumored that Apple is working on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a MacBook Pro with Mini LED displays. These products are seemingly planned for a late 2020 or early 2021 launch which lines up perfectly with today’s report.
Another leak surrounding the iPad Pro shows a photo of a case meant for the 2020 refresh of the tablet. The case has a square camera cutout similar to the iPhone 11 Pro series. It is rumored that the 2020 iPad Pro lineup will feature a camera setup similar to the 2019 iPhone 11 Pro, though one of the camera sensors will be replaced with a 3D ToF sensor for improved AR experience.
2020 iPad Pro case pic.twitter.com/KblaE2M6Kt
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