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Analyst: mini-LED iPad and AirPods 3 coming in early 2021

In a note to clients — as noted by MacRumors — analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says a mini-LED iPad and AirPods three are coming in the first half of 2021.

The Sellers Research Group (that’s me) thinks he’s 100% correct. I think the tablet will be an iPad Pro. 

Mini-LEDs sport a local dimming function with a contrast effect similar to that of OLED displays. However, on some product lines, costs for mini-LED backlit displays may even be lower than their OLED counterparts, according to LEDinside. Mini-LED products are as thin as those using OLED technology so they consume less power than traditional LED screens, and they cost 70-80% less to produce than OLED displays, although their performance is similar.

Kuo also thinks that Apple will release a MacBook Pro with a mini-LED screen next year. I suspect it will be a 16-inch model sporting the Apple-developed M1 chip.

As for the third generation of AirPods, Kuo thinks they’ll adopt the System-in-Package used for the ‌AirPods Pro‌, replacing the rigid-flex PCB+SMT design of the second-generation ‌‌AirPods‌‌, and allowing for a form factor similar to the ‌AirPods Pro‌, featuring a shorter stem and replaceable ear tips. The analyst says the ‌AirPods‌ 3 should be more affordable than the Pro model as they’ll lack higher-end features like Active Noise Cancellation. Battery life could be improved, though, and Apple is working on a new wireless chip.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.