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Apr 12, 2001

Korean website The Elec today claimed that Apple plans to release at least one iPad Pro model with a Mini-LED display in the first half of 2021, as has been widely rumored for many months, but the report added an interesting new twist.


Following the release of the first iPad Pro model with Mini-LED backlighting in the first half of 2021, The Elec claims that Apple plans to release new iPad Pro models featuring OLED displays in the second half of the year. Samsung and LG are already in the process of developing the OLED displays for the iPad Pro, according to the report.

Many of the rumors to date have claimed that Mini-LED backlighting may be limited to a new high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro launching around March, so it is possible that the rest of the iPad Pro lineup will continue to use traditional LCDs until they are upgraded with OLED displays later in the year, but the roadmap is unclear at this point.

Mini-LED and OLED displays share many of the same benefits over traditional LCDs, including higher brightness, improved contrast ratio, and increased power efficiency. Apple already uses OLED technology for most recent iPhones and the Apple Watch.

Apple last refreshed the iPad Pro in March 2020, but it was a relatively minor update, with new features including an A12Z Bionic chip that is essentially an A12X chip with an extra GPU core enabled, an Ultra Wide camera, a LiDAR Scanner for enhanced augmented reality, and better sounding microphones. It was the first update to the iPad Pro since the device received a major redesign in October 2018.

Update: Noted display analyst Ross Young has disputed the claim with a simple "Nope."

Article Link: iPad Pro Said to Adopt OLED Displays in Late 2021 Following Mini-LED Model in Early 2021
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macrumors 6502a
Jun 11, 2009
So if they have mastered the new version of OLED which has no burn in and uses a QLED film to help with color volume. This would be the ideal way to ship it. The tablet is small so yield per sheet would be ideal. The costing of this would be easy 250 to 400 more than the mini LED units they will ship in 2021.


macrumors 6502
May 22, 2015
This makes no sense at all and i hate to say it, sounds like someone is just making stuff up to get a clickbait headline out (Not saying MacRumors im saying the original source).

Here's what i likely see happening. We will get a new Ipad Pro with some kind of upgraded screen, but it will most likely be in the fall of 2021. Why? 18 months since the last one. I just got the 2020 a month ago and i love it, (I do wish it had HDR Playback like my iphone but thats a minor nit pick). It came out in March of 2020, the product usually has a year to 18 month life cycle (almost always closer to 18 months) so at the soonest i see this happening based on past experence is maybe in the summer!

will it be OLED or MiniLED i have no idea...I prefer OLED because i hear MiniLED have blooming issues but then again i might be confused on that front!


Sep 26, 2015
In 2020, the iPad Pro received a trivial update, retaining its 2018 processor — and even so, it didn't get a late-year update. It was predicted but didn't happen. And so in early 2021, the iPad Pro is expected to get a substantial update, and then another in late 2021? Why does this even get reported?
No it didn’t retain same processor

James Godfrey

macrumors 68020
Oct 13, 2011
I personally think that the 2020 model was likely supposed to have miniLED and be launched in late 2020 with the Air with OLED ones planned for a late 2021 release, however, due to delays they couldn’t make it happen so opted to go with a minor refresh in early 2020 with the plan of releasing a miniLED version towards the end of 2020 but again due to COVID that couldn’t happen either.

I think Apple have likely made the decision now to skip miniLED altogether and go for OLED in late 2021.

This to me just further confirms my suspicion even further that no new iPad Pro refresh until late 2021.

I’m just glad I went with the 2020 version when I did now.
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