We've known for a while now that Apple is planning to launch a new iPad Pro with an upgraded Mini LED display in 2021, but the global tech shortage may get in the way. According to sources this week, Apple suppliers are struggling with yield rates for the new iPad Pro display.
As reported by Bloomberg, Apple is facing poor manufacturing yields for its new 12.9-inch Mini LED display for the next iPad Pro. These displays are supposed to offer improved brightness and contrast, but suppliers are struggling to meet Apple's quotas, which could lead to low stock volumes at launch.
Currently, Apple is planning a launch event later this month, during which it will announce the new iPad Pro in two sizes, with the upgraded Mini LED display being reserved for the 12.9-inch flagship model. The smaller 11-inch iPad will use the same display tech Apple already employs in current iPad Pro models. There could eventually be trouble there too, however, as reports last week indicate that there is a global shortage of LCD display driver chips, which has impacted numerous industries.
With all of that aside, we can expect Apple's new iPad Pro to feature a faster SoC, an improved USB-C port with faster charging capabilities, improved cameras and compatibility with a wider range of accessories.
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KitGuru Says: iPad popularity is currently on the rise, with Apple's tablets generating $8.4 billion in Q4 2020. With that in mind, Apple is going to be in a tricky situation here if poor yield rates continue. Are any of you thinking about buying a new iPad in 2021?