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Rumor: 5G iPad Pro release pushed back to 2021

Apple’s planned iPad Pro with 5G support and a mini-LED screen has been pushed from a late 2020 release to 2021, according to a new Chinese-language report by United Daily News.

Why? The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused problems in the supply chain.

In December 2019, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple woudl launch a 16-inch MacBook Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED displays in the second half of 2020. They would be be among four to six products with such displays, he added.

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

Will a mini-LED iPad Pro be delayed for a few months? The Sellers Research Group says “yes” and that we’ll see one with 5G abilities and an A14 processor next March.

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.