Competing rumors cast doubt on mini LED iPad Air debut in May

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in iPad edited April 24

Supply chain sources apparently vary on when Apple may release a 12.9-inch iPad Air with mini LED, with a new rumor pushing the release much later.

Apple's current iPad Air 5
Apple's current iPad Air 5



Less than two weeks away from Apple's "Let Loose" iPad-centric event in May, it's still not fully clear what Apple is going to release. A previous rumor claimed with certainty that the 12.9-inch iPad Air would get the same mini LED screen that the present M2 iPad Pro has.

And now, the same source, Ross Young, isn't so sure based on what he's heard from other suppliers. In a post on X to paid subscribers, he now says that it's not coming at the event.

However, in the same message chain, he says that it might arrive in the fourth quarter of 2024. A release would be most likely around the same time frame as the iPhone 16.

Apple has obviously not confirmed that the iPad Air will come in a larger size, regulatory filings have shown that four iPad models are coming soon. It's believed that they are the iPad Air and iPad Pro, in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes.

Young and his firm Display Supply Chain Consultants have an excellent track record when it comes to display-related rumors and supply chain stories. Neither pricing nor feature positioning of the new iPad Air between the 10th generation iPad and iPad Pro is clear, and Wednesday's report sheds more uncertainty on the situation.

Rumor Score: Possible

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    thttht Posts: 5,512member
    Hah!

    The original rationale for the iPad Air 12.9 using miniLED - there are left over stock - was just stupid.
    iOS_Guy80
  • Reply 2 of 3
    canukstormcanukstorm Posts: 2,720member
    tht said:
    Hah!

    The original rationale for the iPad Air 12.9 using miniLED - there are left over stock - was just stupid.
    Even if there are leftover stock, it still wouldn't make sense.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    thttht Posts: 5,512member
    tht said:
    Hah!

    The original rationale for the iPad Air 12.9 using miniLED - there are left over stock - was just stupid.
    Even if there are leftover stock, it still wouldn't make sense.
    Yeah. Not sure what is going on with Ross Young, and Ming Chi Kuo. Their rumors have gone bonkers crazy in the last year or so. They missed the M3 Mac model launches in their entirety, and Gurman didn't get it until the week before anouncement. This iPA miniLED rumor never should have been published. The recent AVP "cuts" rumor is nutso. They themselves said no more than 400k to 500k AVP can be made in 2024, and now this story is being written as missing expectations from 700k units.

    Perhaps Apple is shotgunning component supply proposals or something.
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