Ming-Chi Kuo, the Apple analyst who is the human equivalent of Paul the Octopus, is out with another investor note that now talks about the Apple iPad and the Apple MacBook Pro. According to him, Apple is gearing for the launch of a 12.9-inch iPad and a 16-inch MacBook Pro that will boast of mini LED displays.

This switch to mini LED displays, starting with the iPad and the MacBook Pro, is the beginning of a switch over that will eventually cover 4-6 products according to Kuo in the next 2-3 years. The Apple iPad Pro 2020 will also feature the mini LED display. He also added to state that the iPad Pro will have a more powerful A14X processor.

 
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Although Apple was expected to refresh the iPad Pro lineup in October this year, it didn’t happen. Which is why we’ll now see the refreshed iPad Pro line-up next year in 2020. But the nitty-gritties of when it will launch isn’t clear just yet. Some reports have floated the possibility of them launching early next year. But Kuo’s earlier reports have mentioned that the iPad with a mini LED display is expected in late 2020.

So, we’ll either directly see the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in the latter part of 2020 or the iPad Pro 12.9-inch model will see two refreshes next year. We’ll have to wait and see.

What is a mini LED display?

Mini LED display is a variation of regular LCD displays where the LED backlight receives an update. While regular LED-backlit displays have anywhere between a dozen to several hundred LEDs, mini LED displays make use of miniaturized backlighting that can feature over a thousand full array local dimming (FALD) zones.

This leads to brighter displays with higher contrast ratio, and deeper blacks. They’re also more power efficient as local dimming not only helps in showing better blacks, but also saves on power. Additionally, they’re less prone to burn-in than OLED displays. Since they use inorganic Gallium nitride (GaN), they’ll age better than OLED displays.

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