11-Inch iPad Pro No Longer Expected to Gain Mini-LED Display in 2022

The updated 11-inch iPad Pro expected to launch sometime this year can no longer be expected to feature a mini-LED display like its larger 12.9-inch sibling, display analyst Ross Young said today on Twitter.

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Earlier rumors indicated that after keeping mini-LED exclusive to just the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ in 2021, Apple would expand the newer display technology to the smaller 11-inch form factor. Young, in a tweet, says that's no longer expected this year, noting the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ is "doing really well" and that Apple doesn't need to bring mini-LED to the smaller form factor.

If the 11-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ were to gain a mini-LED display, it would bring both ‌iPad Pro‌ sizes to more parity, potentially decreasing the appeal of the significantly larger 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌. Both iPad sizes share the same M1 Apple silicon chip, camera, and design, with the display technology and battery capacities being the only differences. Apple is planning to update the ‌iPad Pro‌ sometime this year, and rumors are slightly muddled on what exactly to expect.

Rumors indicate the ‌iPad Pro‌ will support reverse wireless charging for devices such as the iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods, but subsequent reports have shed light on issues Apple is facing with developing such a feature.

Apple initially wanted to develop a glass back on the ‌iPad Pro‌, but it may instead opt for a large glass Apple logo instead for the wireless charging. Regarding performance, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has said the new ‌iPad‌ Pros running iPadOS will likely feature the M2 Apple silicon chip, which is even more powerful than the current ‌M1‌ chip in the ‌iPad Pro‌ and the new fifth-generation iPad Air.

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Top Rated Comments

blufire95 Avatar
11 weeks ago
So still no real reason for me to upgrade from my 2018 11“ iPad Pro, this was really ahead of its time (in terms of hardware) ??
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JamonBull Avatar
11 weeks ago
Well that's disappointing!
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sheepish-Lord Avatar
11 weeks ago
Good, give me OLED instead :)
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Pezimak Avatar
11 weeks ago
I think he's wrong, he has based his decision purely on a marketing aspect, whilst seemingly ignoring the fact one is larger then the other. People don't buy the bigger iPad solely because it has Mini LED, they buy it mainly because it's a bigger iPad..
I think Apple will bring Mini LED to the 11" Pro to further distinguish the Pro range from the other models, and it won't impact the 12.9" sales in the slightest.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
James Godfrey Avatar
11 weeks ago
So is this an indication that the iPad Air could increase to 11” and the iPad Pro 11” will get killed possibly??? That will make a huge price gap between the Air and Pro line up though.

But to be fair to Apple they actually said (when asked why the 11” didn’t get miniLED by Brian Tong), that they feel like their 11” Pro users like the portability of the device and they didn’t want to increase the weight/thickness of it, so it does sort of make sense.

On top of that I presume they want to try and steer people towards the larger size going forward as it’s likely that provides a higher mark up than the 11”.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
pauloregan Avatar
11 weeks ago
Wild prediction: the iPad Pro will be 13" only.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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