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Apple's upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro may be in short supply when it launches due to production issues of the mini-LED display being used in the device, reports Bloomberg.


Apple suppliers are experiencing poor manufacturing yields of the display, and at least one mini-LED maker has had to pause production as a result of these issues.

Though there are troubles with mini-LED display manufacturing, Apple is still intending to introduce new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models as early as this month, and as prior rumors have suggested, the mini-LED display will be exclusive to the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Mini-LED technology will offer multiple benefits, such as a better contrast ratio and improved brightness.

Bloomberg in March said that the refreshed iPad Pro models would come as early as April, but there is still no narrower timeline available. It is not clear if the new tablets will be introduced via press release or if Apple has some kind of event in the works, as the iPad mini is also expected to see a refresh.

Along with a mini-LED display, the new iPad Pro models are expected to feature an A14X chip with M1-like performance and Thunderbolt connectivity.

Article Link: Upcoming 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Supplies Could Be Limited Due to Mini-LED Production Issues
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Oct 18, 2020
sadly microLED for smaller displays (and not for TV) like monitors, tablets, years away...probably after 2025 will see Apple adopting microLed for some of their products
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Darth Tulhu

macrumors 68020
Apr 10, 2019
why not OLED? Samsung has large OLED tablets. Better than mini LED will ever be
(don't start about burn in, your iphone doesn't have burn in either)
Every single OLED device I ever used he's ended up with burn-in. Burn-in is STILL a non issue on my 10-year-old MacBook, but it became one on every 2 year-old OLED mobile I owned.

For those whom the iPad would become their primary device this would be a legitimate concern, as I don't think iPhones get as much (continuous) screen time as a computer does.

A few months ago I got an iPhone for the first time in 8 years, so I guess I'll see how it holds up.


macrumors G3
Nov 9, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA
Huh? Brightness uniformity is different than absolute brightness.
I'm thinking of the situation where the OLED display is automatically brighten to maximum out in sunlight sitting on a bench. Comparably if your using a LCD screen with full-array backlighting there is no risk of burn in for a 12.9" iPad Pro at peak brightness levels.
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Nov 25, 2014
Hong Kong
This is a bit of a ridiculous launch. So screens are limited, chips too. 11" barely even gets an update at all (just A14 after 3 years). Erm okay.
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