iPad Pro update may not add mini LED to 11-inch model after all

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Apple's update to the 11-inch iPad Pro probably won't gain mini LED backlighting like its 12.9-inch counterpart, an analyst claims ahead of Apple's speculated October launches.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro's mini LED backlight [Apple]
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro's mini LED backlight [Apple]

Apple is thought to be preparing to introduce new iPad models in its October release schedule, though it seems to be more likely to be a straightforward press release announcement than a full event. The iPad range is expected to feature in the launches, but one often-requested update may not happen at all.

According to Ross Young of Display Supply Chain Consultants, when asked on Twitter if the 11-inch iPad Pro will get mini LED backlighting, the analyst insists it's "not gonna happen."

Not gonna happen

-- Ross Young (@DSCCRoss)

Young's comment is a reiteration of a claim made by the analyst in March, when he insisted that the tablet display won't happen in 2022 because the 12.9-inch iPad Pro continues to sell "really well." It was reasoned that the mini LED backlighting of the 12.9-inch model is part of the success of the larger model, and that including it in the 11-inch model won't maintain a level of differentiation between the two sizes.

Young isn't the only one to believe mini LED isn't coming to the 11-inch model. TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also said in March that more mini LED product launches are unlikely in 2022.

When it does launch, the 11-inch iPad Pro is anticipated to benefit from an internals-based refresh, with the shift to M2 being the headline feature.

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    They “need” to maintain a level of differentiation?? Like the iPhone Pro’s, screen size should be the only differentiation here. What a bs reason to keep the 12.9” sales up. How about Apple closes the $300 price gap between the two… that’d be a good way to lure potential buyers in. As it stands, the 12.9” nearly costs 40% more than its 11” counterpart and for what? A screen.
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  • Reply 2 of 4
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,213member
    All about keeping 12.9 inch sales up. Must have bigger margins. I would have thought screen size should be the only differentiation needed.

    I am ready, more than ready, to replace this 10.5 inch IPP with its lovely stagelight and dying battery. But I really wanted the update to have it all. And I don’t want a bigger, heavier iPad.

    so what does the IPP have over the Air? Extra speakers and a fancier camera? Big deal. FaceID might be nice but I will settle for touchid.
    edited October 2022 FileMakerFellerwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 4
    Conflicting rumours about unreleased product, news at 11.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    Different customers.  I like the 11” iPad Pro.  My spouse has the 12.9” version and it’s far too large for me.
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