With the iPad Pro 2021, Apple should not only expand its 5G product portfolio next year but also celebrate the debut of the mini LED display. Industry insiders are now also talking about the possible use of the A14X chip and its debut in the first half of 2021.
While the innovations of the iPad Pro family were relatively minor this year. Apple’s flagship tablet in 2021 should receive a much larger update. The often well-informed insider and leaker ” L0vetodream ” is said to have learned that the US manufacturer is planning to launch the fifth generation of the iPad Pro in the first or second quarter of next year. Key features could include a mini LED display and an optional 5G modem.
OLED alternative for iPad and MacBook
Especially the technology of mini LEDs has been discussed at the rumor factory for several months. Currently, an alternative to expensive OLED screens is associated not only with Apple iPad models but also with MacBook (Pro) models. However, the ongoing crisis associated with the coronavirus caused a delay in the production of displays. And their premiere on Apple devices will not take place until next year. Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also suggests switching to mini-LEDs. Although official confirmation from Apple is expected in normal mode.
Although experts expect Apple to enter the 5G era with the release of its iPhone 12 smartphones in the fall. The groundbreaking radio technology will also come into play when it comes to the iPad Pro 2021. Qualcomm chip maker is said to be equipped with a Snapdragon X55 modem next year. If the group remains true to its design, the Apple A14X should also find a place in the new iPad Pro. Despite the fact that the Leader often managed to achieve the goal with his statements recently. The forecasts of this kind, as usual, should be considered with some skepticism.
Apple iPad Air 4: New tablets need USB-C
The upcoming fourth-generation iPad Air could inherit an important feature from Apple Pro tablets – the USB-C port. According to current information, the manufacturer plans to equip further devices with a universal connection and say goodbye to Lightning.
Japanese blog Mac Otakara is said to have learned from Chinese suppliers that Apple can extend the benefits of the iPad Pro series to its entire portfolio of tablets. It is planned to provide a previously unconfirmed iPad Air 4 USB-C port. In addition, there is talk of an American manufacturer gradually moving away from the home button design of cheaper iPadOS models in order to sell tablets of the highest middle class with the selected features and appearance of the Pro series.
Is there fierce competition between Air and Pro?
It is still unknown whether Apple is really considering this step. Technically, the gap between the iPad Air 4 and the iPad Pro 11 will be significantly reduced. Which may make it difficult to justify the high professional allowance. After the release of the second-generation iPhone SE, Apple users should also expect that the successors of relatively inexpensive tablets of the iPad family can get processor performance similar to that of their big flagship brothers. As usual, rumors of this kind from Apple are left without comment.
Although a possible Apple iPad Air 4 with a 10.8-inch display and USB-C port is expected in the second half of this year. The 9-inch iPad Mini may appear next year. According to well-known analysts such as Ming-Chi Kuo, the latter should continue to rely on the classic Lightning connection. The next major opportunity will be the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2020), which begins June 22nd. However, it is also possible that new tablets will be available soon in the Apple Store without any major announcements.