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No 11-inch mini-LED iPad Pro Planned for 2022, as Sales of the Larger Tablet Are ‘Doing Well,’ Says Analyst

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Apple has reportedly no intentions to bring mini-LED technology to the smaller 11-inch iPad Pro, as an analyst connected with the company’s supply chain states that sales of the 12.9-inch model are doing well.

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Though TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier predicted that Apple is planning a mini-LED upgrade for the 11-inch iPad Pro, DSCC CEO Ross Young believes this product will not see a launch and provides a simple explanation in his tweet below. Despite the 12.9-inch iPad Pro being an expensive tablet at $1,099, one major differentiator for it is that mini-LED panel. As sales are not suffering, Apple cannot be compelled to go through with a refresh of the smaller slate.

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Apple is also dominating the tablet market with the lion’s share of the market, so that is another reason why the company would not have sufficient motivation to release a mini-LED 11-inch iPad Pro. In fact, some consumers may be encouraged to save a little money and purchase the iPad Air 5 instead, since it features the same M1 chip as the more expensive iPad Pro models and supports 5G connectivity, all the while priced at $599 for the base model.

Fortunately, Young has not outright said in his tweet that Apple has no plans to bring mini-LED technology to the 11-inch iPad Pro, though he does mention that a release is not happening in 2022. Also, bringing an advanced display to the smaller tablet will result in a cost increase, which customers may not find attractive. Instead, they may purchase the larger variant to get that extra screen real estate. In short, this can have a negative sales effect on the 11-inch model, assuming the LCD version got discontinued if the mini-LED model was introduced.

Apple is currently working with suppliers to bring OLED technology to future iPad models, so there is a possibility that the next 11-inch iPad Pro gets a fresh display upgrade instead of mini-LED. In any case, if there are any changes in Apple’s future plans, we will inform our readers, so stay tuned.

News Source: Ross Young

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