A 12.9-inch iPad Pro featuring a mini-LED display has been expected for sometime now with Apple looking likely to move to the new display tech for its other products as well. A new report claims that this new iPad Pro will launch in Q1 2021.

mini-LED display is pretty much the future for Apple products it would appear, with a countless number of reports talking about new MacBooks, iMacs, and even the Apple Watch to be packed with new displays.

According to the new report from DigiTimes, Apple now has two OLED display suppliers on board which will help on the supply chain side for producing iPhones and iPads in mass quantity without significant delays.

GIS approved investments of NT$2.198 billion (US$76.3 million) and NT$1.421 billion proposed by its subsidiary in Chengdu, China in August and November 2020 respectively, with the funds to focus on expanding production capacity for integrated touch modules used in tablets, the sources said. The subsidiary will invest another NT$753 million to improve production line automation. The subsidiary currently produces integrated touch modules for iPads and MacBooks, the sources said.

GIS in particular has been tasked with producing the mini-LED panels for the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and we can expect this particular model to sport a display that will easily offer deeper blacks with a higher contrast ratio, sharper and more clear image quality.

Besides iPhones, GIS will produce integrated touch modules for miniLED-backlit panels of 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ to be launched in first-quarter 2021, the sources noted.

It is perhaps too early to speculate, but with the launch of a mini-LED iPad Pro, it would be interesting to see how or if Apple transitions this display to iPhones or MacBooks down the road.

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