Okay, I’m not trying to be difficult, so don’t take offense. For the sake of discussion…could the extra power requirement of MiniLED be a reason for a larger battery? Its not the M1, as the 11” pro is the same thickness as previous versions.MacRumors didn't have any idea about the 11% larger battery capacity. And quite frankly, not all editors have a good understanding of technology.
Mini LED is significantly thinner/smaller than traditional LED. So it doesn't make sense for it to be thicker.
Let me defer to someone who has been in the industry over a decade:
"Kuo added that the Mini-LED backlit displays will allow for thinner and lighter product designs, while offering many of the same benefits of OLED displays used on the latest iPhones, including good wide color gamut performance, high contrast and dynamic range, and local dimming for truer blacks."
Apple Supplier Epistar Says Clients Are Working on Mini-LED Products Amid Rumors of Mini-LED iPad and MacBookEpistar president Chin-Yung Fan said his company's clients are developing notebooks, tablets, smartphones, and monitors with Mini-LED...www.macrumors.com
I still think though that MiniLED does require a thicker panel. Apple during the unveiling went on for some time explaining how difficult it was to get the thickness of the 12.9 display down to a manageable degree. They compared it to the relatively thick XDR display.