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New iPad Pro 2021 (mini-LED): Features, specs and release date

Apple’s already had its fall tablet and phone events but rumours are pointing towards the potential for another surprise. With another event revealing the first MacBook Arm very much expected in November, could we see a new iPad Pro in 2020 or will we be waiting for an iPad Pro 2021 mini-LED?

Apple previous two events were headlined by the iPhone 12, iPad Air 4 and Apple Watch Series 6 with no iPad Pro in sight. However, there’s been plenty of conflicting rumours about whether the next flagship iPad will come in 2020 or 2021.

2021 was the initial expected date with Apple having already release an iPad Pro 2020 earlier in the year, which we named a named our best tablet. While iPad Pro is already a feature rich device, big upgrades to a variant of the new 5nm A14 and exciting new display tech are expected to send the Pro from strength to strength.

The news around the next iPad Pro still remain just rumours and we can’t be certain if we’ll see the device this year or next year just yet. However, the speculation has come with plenty of tidbits regarding price, release date, display, specs and more. Here’s everything you need to know.

New iPad Pro release date

Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has followed up on his previous iPad Pro reporting with the news that mini-LED will debut on the next model.

Kuo had previously suggested late in 2019 that mini-LED iPad Pros would arrive in 2020, however, more recent reports have pointed towards 2021 due to delays.

The most recent report simply indicates a fourth quarter of 2020 timeframe for the production of the next iPad Pro 2021 displays. While the look set to be made in 2020, we are still expecting the device not launch until next year.

The new tech will make the next iPad Pro the first device to sport mini-LED. Kuo states Apple has six devices across the iPad and Mac lines planned for 2020 that will also feature the display technology.

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A mini-LED display could be the big upgrade for the next iPad Pro

With Apple Silicon closing in, the company looks set to be planning a redesign for many of its devices, from tablets to Macs. The most significant change looks to be a switch to mini-LED display, an alternative to OLED that offers improved contrast, darker blacks and more efficient lighting. 

9to5Mac previously reported Apple would prefer to use mini-LED over OLED because of the similar wide gamut of colour but the lesser risk of image burn. However, we now know Apple isn’t all that afraid to use OLED, with its inclusion on the entire iPhone 12 lineup.

The next Pro model is heavily tipped to come with such a screen, and if it manages to hold onto features like the ProMotion 120Hz tech and add a higher quality panel then it would instantly make the upgrade worth it for many.  

Highlight features for the next iPad Pro could include 5G, an A14 chipset 

While a more substantial upgrade is on the horizon for the next Pro, prolific Apple leaker Jon Prosser has suggested the next model will simply come in the same form-factor but with a new A14X and 5G. Information pointing towards a device like this does also indicate a 2020 release date could happen, due to such a minor spec bump. The more significant mini-LED 2021 upgrade could then come down the line.