All things considered, Apple wasn’t quick to adopt OLED displays for the iPhone lineup. But the company may be one of the first to get mini-LED screens out there into the wild.
That is, if the rumors pan out. Apple has been rumored to be launching a device with a mini-LED display for quite some time now. Most recently, it’s been the iPad Pro lineup getting most of the attention in this regard. An this week, ETNews echoed that sentiment (via Patently Apple). The publication has a report out saying that LG is going to supply mini-LED LCD panels to Apple beginning in the first quarter of 2021.
According to the publication, Apple is planning on ramping up mass production for the new iPad Pro with a mini-LED display before the end of 2020.
If all this pans out, then we could be looking at a stacked iPad Pro as far as features go. The transition to a mini-LED display would certainly be notable on its own. In addition to that, earlier this year we heard from reliable leaker “L0vetodream” that the new iPad Pro set to launch in 2021 would boast 5G as well, along with an A14X processor under the hood.
The adoption of mini-LED displays makes sense, in that it offers plenty of the same benefits as OLED (increased brightness, improved contrast ratio, accurate colors), and it also boosts power efficiency.
Still, nothing is official quite yet. Apple’s been rumored to be switching to mini-LED for quite some time now, but maybe 2021 is the year it finally happens.