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Apple is unlikely to launch any products with new mini-LED display sizes in 2022 due to cost concerns, reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a tweet today.

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When asked for further details by email, Kuo clarified that only Apple's existing mini-LED products like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be updated in 2022, with no additional products to transition to mini-LEDs this year. For example, Kuo said he does not expect Apple to update the 11-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display this year.

Apple's existing products with mini-LED displays include the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 14-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

If accurate, Kuo's tweet suggests there also wouldn't be a mini-LED version of the Studio Display released this year. This prediction conflicts with information shared by display industry consultant Ross Young, who earlier this week said that Apple could launch a 27-inch monitor with mini-LEDs in June. Young said he believed the display would have a 5K resolution and may feature ProMotion for up to a 120Hz refresh rate.

Kuo and Young both have respectable track records regarding display-related information for future Apple products, so it will be interesting to see whether Apple announces any new mini-LED products this year or updates existing mini-LED devices only.

Article Link: Kuo: Mini-LED Versions of 11-Inch iPad Pro and Studio Display Unlikely This Year
 
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profets

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Apple needs to give something to the 11 inch iPad Pro to distinguish further from the recent M1 iPad Air. If it’s not the mini-LED display, what could it be? M2 will be a nice upgrade for sure, but the SoC is already way overkill for what you can do with iPadOS…

I still feel that Face ID + 120Hz + quad speakers are good differentiators. But I was really hoping to see mini-LED for the display.
 

CWallace

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Did someone actually expect Apple to update a new product that soon to begin with?

I certainly didn't.

I mean it's possible it is LG that will release a MiniLED Ultrafine 5K with 120Hz refresh and not Apple since there was the rumor that LG are working on a new 24", 27" and 32" display and at the time it was presumed they would be for Apple.
 

fwmireault

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Did someone actually expect Apple to update a new product that soon to begin with?
I think it’s in response to the report from Ross Young that suggest that 27 inch mini LED Promotion displays are now in production, for a release in June. I also find it very unlikely, but he has a very great track record when it comes to displays
 

CWallace

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It’s becoming harder for Apple to differentiate the different SKUs. I think they should drop the 11 inch iPad Pro, bump the Air to 11 inch and keep it on LCD to truly differentiate the line up.

Especially if they do release a larger iPad Pro than the 12.9" as has been hinted as something Apple is looking at / working on.
 

trip1ex

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also just over the wire: A mini-LED version of iPad Air not expected this year.
 

Macative

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I certainly didn't.

I mean it's possible it is LG that will release a MiniLED Ultrafine 5K with 120Hz refresh and not Apple since there was the rumor that LG are working on a new 24", 27" and 32" display and at the time it was presumed they would be for Apple.
I really hope they do as they will have a lot more common sense built in to them.
 

Jim Lahey

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11" is quickly becoming the plebeians' iPad Pro. At this stage it feels like Apple are just nudging people toward the 12.9" behemoth at the expense of the 11" user experience. Silver blacks are not cool in 2022.
 

the future

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It is absolutely inconceivable that Apple will sell 2 external displays of the same size at the same time. A new, higher end display, if it comes, will be differentiated by specs and size.
 
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JPack

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Want to believe Young, but Kuo is likely accurate.

There are cost pressures all over the place, with M2 being delayed and now partial implementation of A16 in iPhone 14. Mini LED wafers aren’t immune to this.
 
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