New iPad Pros to launch by the end of April; Mini-LED variant to be available in limited capacity

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Apple is set to launch two new iPad Pro models—an 11-inch iPad Pro and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro—by the end of this month, according to a new Bloomberg report. However, of the two, only the higher-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro will sport a Mini-LED display which is also the reason it will be available in limited quantities at launch.

According to the publication, the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro is facing production issues with suppliers reporting low yields of the Mini-LED displays that are to be included in the device. At least one supplier has had to halt production altogether, according to Bloomberg’s source.

Mini-LED displays offer higher contrast and better colors as compared to traditional LED displays. Since they are made up of an array of even tinier backlights, they are often quite difficult to produce, which is especially proving difficult for Apple’s suppliers since production is expected in large quantities.

Atop that, Apple has strict standards of quality and all products go through strict quality control with defective units being rejected (there are, of course, some rare exceptions).

What this entails is that while the 11-inch iPad Pro with the regular LED display will be available in abundance, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the Mini-LED display won’t. Customers may face a hard time ordering those Mini-LED iPads and once the initial supply runs out, there might be some time before the next batch of these iPads will become available again.

Apple is also expected to include a faster processor within these iPads that will be on par with the M1 chip in the latest Apple Silicon Macs alongside a faster USB-C port that will be compatible with a wider range of accessories.

Nevertheless, the good news here is that these iPads are launching as soon as the end of this month. It is unclear right now as to how Apple will announce its new iPad Pro models, but it seems like there’s a high chance the company will drop a press release as opposed to hosting a full-fledged event.

And if Apple decides to hold an event instead, will it announce it’s widely anticipated AirTags as well? Only time can tell.

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