12.9″ iPad Air May Feature MiniLED, Out in May

Last year, Apple did not bring any updates to the iPad series of devices, which made many users start to wonder about this year’s iPad refresh.

Recently, a leak mentioned that Apple might release new iPad Pro and iPad Air models in the second week of May.

As time goes on, more information about the new iPads has started to emerge.

A report from Sina Technology today stated: “According to Ross Young, the CEO of research company DSCC, a 12.9-inch iPad Air is expected to be released in May, equipped with a Mini-LED display similar to the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro model.”

It is reported that the current 10.9-inch iPad Air features a traditional LCD panel, and the switch to Mini-LED technology will increase the brightness of HDR content, achieve deeper blacks, and bring lower power consumption, thereby extending the device’s battery life.

Apple has already used Mini-LED display technology in its latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro model and MacBook Pro laptops.

For reference, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro currently available from Apple features 2596 full-array local dimming zones, a resolution of 2732 x 2048 pixels, 264 PPI, a peak brightness of 1600 nits (HDR), and supports ProMotion adaptive refresh rate technology.

However, the screen upgrade also implies a price increase.

According to the latest leaks, the 12.9-inch iPad Air will be $200 more expensive, starting at $799, making it the most expensive iPad Air in Apple’s history.

Moreover, previous leaks suggest that the camera design of the new iPad Air seems to be inspired by the iPhone X, featuring a prominent camera with a flash underneath.

Additionally, the new iPad Air may come with Apple’s M2 chip, supporting Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.

Apart from the new iPad Air, there are also numerous leaks regarding the new iPad Pro.

Sources indicate that Apple is planning to launch 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models with OLED screens.

OLED technology is expected to provide the new iPad Pro displays with higher brightness, contrast, lower power consumption, and other advantages compared to current LCD panels.

In addition to OLED panels, there are more upgrade details leaked about the all-new iPad Pro devices.

Regarding the design, the new iPad Pro is not expected to have significant changes, but it may come with a horizontally centered front camera like the 10th-generation iPad, providing a more natural position for video calls in landscape mode.

In terms of core specifications, the new iPad Pro will feature Apple’s M3 chip for improved performance and efficiency.

Regarding the imaging aspect, upgrades are also expected in the new generation of the iPad Pro series. There are rumors that the new iPad Pro might support MagSafe charging and have developed reverse wireless charging technology.

Additionally, leaks suggest that the iPad mini 7 will arrive later this year.

The iPad mini 7 is expected to feature an LCD display, 60Hz refresh rate, be powered by the A16 chip, and support Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.

Furthermore, the “jelly screen” issue seen in the iPad mini 6 is said to be optimized in the iPad mini 7.

Considering the current information available, multiple new iPad series products are expected to be released this year. Interested individuals are encouraged to stay tuned for updates.

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