Noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects mass production of a rumored Mini LED iPad Pro to begin sometime in mid to late April, adding that the tech giant’s tablet line will adopt OLED screen technology in 2022.
Kuo updated his Mini LED predictions in a note to investors on Thursday. In September, the analyst said iPad Proof Apple’s products to integrate the display technology with an expected launch date in the first half of 2021.
“According to our latest survey, the current production yield and quality have reached Apple’s high standards, so it is expected that assemblers will start mass production of mini LED iPads after mid-to-late April,” Kuo said in Thursday’s note.
Kuo’s revised timeline is in agreement with recent rumors regarding a near-future iPad Pro release. Echoing months-old predictions from Kuo, Bloomberg on Wednesday reported that the new tablets, including a 12.9-inch model with Mini LED screen, would be introduced.
Looking ahead, Kuo sees a transition away from Mini LED to OLED technology in 2022. Interestingly, the analyst expects Apple to utilize iPad Air as a testbed for the screen tech.
“However, according to our latest industry survey, if the iPad adopts an OLED display in 2022, it will be the mid-/low-end iPad Air, while the high-end iPad Pro will still use a mini LED display,” Kuo writes.