Apple iPad Pro 2021: Mini-LED shortage endangers the April launch

Due to a poor yield, there should be restrictions in the production of mini LED displays for the upcoming Apple iPad Pro (2021). This could cause a shortage of the 12-inch tablet, which is reported to be released in April.

As the often well-informed Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman reports, citing sources from supplier circles, Asian producers are said to be confronted with a below-average yield (yield rate) in the manufacture of compact mini-LED screens.

This should be in direct connection with the new iPad Pro and influence its presentation and availability. The Apple expert does not expect the announcement to be delayed, but with limited availability of the affected 12.9-inch model.

Mini-LED future, new processors, and faster USB-C

According to current rumors, Apple will only equip the larger flagship of this year’s iPad Pro family with the new display technology and continue to equip the more compact 11-inch tablet with the classic LED backlight.

Mini-LEDs are considered to be the forerunners of micro-LED technology, which thanks to a large number of individually controllable light-emitting diodes enable high levels of brightness and deeper black levels. In the TV sector, in particular, this year it is seen as a good alternative to the popular OLED technology.

Aside from the scarcity of displays, the new report underscores the rumors that were spread in advance about the iPad Pro (2021).

If you trust the information, Apple will be relying on an improved A14X chip (name unconfirmed) this year, which should come very close to the performance of the M1 processor recently introduced for Macs.

The US manufacturer could also improve the USB-C port thanks to Thunderbolt technology and thus offer connection options for additional accessories. In advance, the first pictures should also show the new iPad Pro dummies.

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