Apple has reportedly delayed the Mini-LED 5G iPad Pro until early 2021
The complex iPad Pro display is causing issues
Modern iPhone and Apple Watch devices incorporate OLED screens as standard, the only exception being the newly announced iPhone SE. Every iPad model, on the other hand, features an LCD display regardless of the price.
People have called for an upgrade to OLED over the years but the company has shown little interest. The reason being that Apple plans to skip the technology in favor of the newer, but not superior Mini-LED implementation it has been working on for quite some time.
Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in December than an iPad Pro model with the new screen would debut this year, likely alongside the iPhone 12 series. Unfortunately, analyst Jeff Pu now believes it has been delayed until 2021 because of the “complex panel design.”
With a product as important as the Mini-LED iPad Pro, which would represent arguably the biggest upgrade to the lineup since 2018, Apple has probably decided that rushing the launch isn’t worth the risk.
Mini-LED could be paired with 5G and a redesign
These latest claims corroborate the information shared by tipster Jon Prosser one month ago. However, he also said Apple is planning a separate 5G iPad Pro equipped with an LCD screen and the A14X Bionic for later this year, something EDN disagrees with.
This would help better differentiate future iPad Pro models from the next-generation iPad Air, which is expected to debut later this year with a Mini-LED display and slim iPad Pro-like bezels.
Mini-LED 5G iPad Pro announcement timeline
Apple typically waits around 18 months before upgrading its iPad Pro lineup. Taking that into consideration, the earliest date for a redesigned iPad Pro complete with a Mini-LED display should be September or October 2021. However, Jeff Pu and EDN believe the tablets will make an appearance in "early 2021."