iPad Pro with revolutionary display tech, faster chipset could debut in Q3 2020

iPad Pro with revolutionary display tech, faster chipset could debut in Q3 2020
The 11-inch iPad Pro

The iPad Pro models that Apple currently sells were unveiled over thirteen months ago and are largely expected to receive a refresh in March. But according to one analyst, another update is planned during the second half of 2020.

New 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED display

Ming-chi Kuo, who is known for accurately predicting Apple’s plans, believes the Cupertino giant is developing a variant of its 12.9-inch iPad that features an advanced mini-LED display complete with approximately 10,000 LEDs. This new technology is meant to bridge the gap between the OLED displays that are used on iPhones and the eventual micro-LED screens that’ll inevitably grace future products, but for iPads the switch will be more than just transitional.

Like the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models that are on sale today, the upcoming March 2020 refresh is expected to incorporate LCD panels, meaning the switch over to mini-LED in late 2020 is going to result in some major advancements. Improvements to battery life thanks to the higher efficiency are to be expected alongside increased pixel densities and thinner designs. The technology is also very adaptable to unique design features such as notches, although Apple’s isn’t expected to use one on the iPad anytime soon.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, this big display upgrade will arrive alongside a next-generation Apple A14X chipset designed specifically for the new model. In regards to the announcement, the tablet’s expected to debut at some point during the third quarter of next year. That makes an official unveiling at Apple’s annual September event very likely. The company is yet to confirm a date for its big day but history suggests it may take place on Tuesday, September 8. There, the new iPad Pro could be accompanied by as many as four iPhone 12 models.

Could it be called the Apple iPad Pro XDR?

The analyst in question didn’t reveal whether Apple’s more advanced 12.9-inch iPad Pro is going to replace the version coming in March, but at this stage it seems highly unlikely because of the added costs that are associated with mini-LED panels.

As things stand at the moment, these new-generation displays cost around 20% more than equivalent LCD alternatives. This, combined with the newer and more powerful chipset, means the upgraded iPad Pro will be noticeably more costly than its predecessor.

Apple might, therefore, sell the tablet alongside the LCD version and position it as a superior model. How this will be marketed remains a total mystery at the moment, but one possibility involves the iPad Pro XDR branding. After all, the company recently created an advanced monitor dubbed the Pro Display XDR.

What else will the new iPad Pro offer?

Aside from the changes mentioned above, the iPad Pro XDR is expected to be identical to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2020) that’ll arrive in March. The latter looks set to incorporate a dual-camera setup on the back which resembles the one found on the iPhone 11 by pairing an ultra-wide-angle shooter with a more advanced primary sensor. However, there will also be one other upgrade. 

According to several reports and insiders, the next-generation iPad Pro lineup will incorporate an advanced 3D scanning system that’ll be even more powerful than the Face ID system used on the front. Per reports, it will allow users to create three-dimensional copies of rooms, objects, and people. Apple expects it to be the “centerpiece” of its next hardware push – augmented reality.



1. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 619; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I welcome a healthy competitor for Oled and im certain there will be a super powered CPU. Ive always been intrigued by iOS on the tablet not the phones for some reason. One also can't help but notice the lack of mention for the first dual camera tablet.

2. twens

Posts: 1184; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I have the current 12.9 model and don’t even use the camera on it. A healthy upgrade will be a universal usb type c that can give us full hdmi support for all screens. It’s still sad the current iPad can not display content fully on external monitors and no one seem to be complaining about this to Apple.

3. ahmadkun

Posts: 664; Member since: May 02, 2016

good job Apple ..!

4. RevolutionA

Posts: 477; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Absolute revolution. There's already no one to touch it along tablets and now they're going light years ahead. Poor Android tablets still trying to at least grab attention.

5. Whitedot

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

"unique design features such as notches," Rather unique eyesore.

6. RevolutionA

Posts: 477; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Cry baby

7. Krjal

Posts: 439; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

It's hardly a revolution. This is just a stop-gap before proper quantum dot OLED and micro-LED panels become commercially available in a couple of years. An evolution, sure but sensationalist headlines help no-one.

8. JCASS889

Posts: 609; Member since: May 18, 2018

How is it better than olded when each pixel lights up on its own and some oled displays have millions of pixels, where micro led only has 10k light points, still won't have the same contrast levels.

13. Vancetastic

Posts: 1755; Member since: May 17, 2017

Put that camera on a phone! I never take photos with a tablet.

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