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In his latest note to investors (via Apple Insider), longtime Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said he expects Apple to add a miniLED display to the 11-inch iPad Pro and the MacBook Air in 2022, the latter of which is also set to get a revamped design.

The move to miniLED with this year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro was critical to upping the iPad’s display quality. Apple’s Liquid Retina XDR technology (which is Apple’s official name for its miniLED screens) sports a whopping 10,000 LEDs divided into 2,596 local dimming zones, which improves contrast, color saturation, and overall brightness, with Apple’s miniLED screens capable of outputting up to 1,600 nits in certain conditions.

According to Kuo, Apple is using display manufacturer Luxshare to supply the miniLED panels for the 11-inch iPad Pro. The company uses a novel surface mount tech that could help prevent some of the low yields and other production issues that Apple ran into when making the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

In addition to the small iPad Pro and MacBook Air’s display upgrades, Kuo says Apple may also add miniLED to the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. Both laptops are expected to go into mass production as early as the third quarter of this year, potentially setting them up for an official release later this fall/winter.

Given the success of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Kuo’s most recent forecast, it seems like Apple is planning to eventually bring miniLED displays to the entire iPad and MacBook lineup, which should not only provide a big boost in image quality, but should also deliver a more consistent experience across Apple’s range of tablets and laptops.

Despite some previous rumors, it remains to be seen if Apple will upgrade iPhones with miniLED, or skip over to microLED technology.

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First M1 battery tests lasted so long, Apple thought indicator was buggy

AppleInsider 11 July, 2021 - 12:05pm

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Apple marketing vice president says that staff suspected a bug in macOS when the battery indicator results came in from the first M1 Apple Silicon Mac.

The Apple executive says that, to the amusement of engineers, staffers didn't believe the first battery life results from the M1 processor.

"When we saw that first system and then you sat there and played with it for a few hours and the battery didn't move, we thought 'Oh man, that's a bug, the battery indicator is broken,'" Bob Borchers, VP of worldwide product marketing for Apple,told Tom's Guide.

"And then Tim [Milet]'s laughing in the background, 'Nope, that's the way it's supposed to be,'" he continued, "and it was pretty phenomenal."

Milet is Apple's vice president of platform architecture, and in the same interview explained why dramatic performance improvement was essential.

"If somebody else could build a chip that was actually going to deliver better performance inside that enclosure, what's the point? Why would we switch?," he said. "And so for my chip architects, that was the target."

Even before embarking on its Apple Silicon plans, however, Milet says that the emulation software Rosetta 2 had to come first.

"We started a small project years before we started transitioning to Silicon to try to make sure that we could actually deliver the second generation of Rosetta in a way that allowed us to do this seamlessly," he continued. "And we believe that was a huge part of the transition story everything worked out of the box as expected."

Neither Milet nor Borchers would discuss details of the future of Apple Silicon. However, Milet acknowledged that gamers, for one, want yet more power.

"Of course, you can imagine the pride of some of the GPU folks and imagining, 'Hey, wouldn't it be great if it hits a broader set of those really intense gamers,'" he said."It's a natural place for us to be looking, to be working closely with our Metal team and our Developer team. We love the challenge."

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iPad Pro 2022: Price, release date, specs, and more

Laptop Mag 11 July, 2021 - 12:05pm

How will the iPad Pro 2022 build upon the success of the previous iPad Pro?

The 12.9-inch mini-LED Retina XDR display is one of the most notable advantages the current iPad Pro enjoys over its more affordable sibling, but early rumors suggest Apple has some surprises coming in 2022 that could make everyday consumers think twice about saving for the Air. Those could include increasing the screen size of both models as well as bringing mini-LED to the smaller model. 

After scouring all of the rumors and leaks regarding the forthcoming iPad Pro 2022, here’s a look at everything we know so far, including the potential release date, price, specs, features and more.

Pricing has held firm for the iPad Pro over the past few years with only minor adjustments made to account for more expensive components. One of those price changes was made with the most recent model when Apple added $100 to the price of the iPad Pro 12.9-inch, bringing the total to $1,099 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model. 

The 11-inch iPad Pro, however, could receive a minor price hike, which it avoided in the 2021 version. The current model starts at $799; if the current crop of rumors about a mini-LED panel holds true, we could see the iPad Pro jump to an $899 starting price and go up from there as you add storage and 5G connectivity. Of course, these prices exclude the Magic Keyboard ($299, $349) and Apple Pencil ($129)

We're several months away from an iPad Pro 2022 release date. In all likelihood, the next iPad Pro will arrive in May 2022, at around the same time as the current model. This year, the iPad Pro was released in April before going on sale a month later. 

The iPad Pro launch is a tricky one to predict because it doesn't adhere to a strict release schedule. That said, the past two models dropped in the spring, so we have reason to believe the next version will do the same. It's possible minor updates will be made to a refreshed version this holiday season, but we wouldn't bank on it. 

The little guy got left out. When Apple revealed the latest iPad Pro, its presentation was all about the 12.9-inch. That's because the bigger sibling got the upgrade to a Retina XDR (aka mini-LED) display while the 11-inch model was stuck with a standard Retina LCD panel.

Fortunately, a July 2021 rumor suggests Apple will treat its children fairly this year by bringing mini-LED to the 11-inch iPad Pro. This rumor comes by way of a research note from reliable analyst Ming-chi Kuo.

As a reminder, mini-LED technology consists of 2,500 local dimming zones that can illuminate during bright scenes or turn off completely during dark ones. This creates limitless contrast and perfect blacks. The bad news is that it also creates a blooming effect where bright light leaks into dark areas; it wasn't much of a problem during our testing, and we'd take minor blooming over burn-in.

Another downside of Apple's mini-LED implementation is that you need to be watching HDR content to get the best image quality. Otherwise, the Retina XDR display doesn't look much better than the standard Retina panel. That was quantified in our tests when the 12.9-inch iPad Pro reached 563 nits of brightness when showing non-HDR content and 1,582 nits when playing HDR video. 

There is also some rumbling about Apple expanding the iPad Pro displays. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman claimed in June that Apple was exploring iPads with larger displays. As exciting as that might sound, Gurman said it would take at least a "couple of years" to ship if Apple does decide on using larger panels. 

Apple shifted its flagship tablet to the M1 CPU, the custom chip originally developed for the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. So what about the 2022 model? If Apple pushes out an M2 chip for the MacBook, we could see the iPad Pro 2022 adopt that processor. 

If not, the iPad Pro 2022 could use the same M1 as the current model. We wouldn't mind. The iPad Pro is already the most powerful tablet on the market, and by a significant margin. There are few apps or programs on the iPad Pro, and in iPadOS 15, that the tablet won't run smoothly.

To give you an idea of how powerful the current model is, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro scored scored a 7,298 on the Geekbench 5.0 test, crushing the iPad Air (4,262, A14 Bionic), the previous iPad Pro (4,720, A12Z) as well as anything released by the competition including the Surface Pro 7+ (4,825, Core i5-1135G7).

The current iPad Pro has a single USB-C charging port on the bottom edge with Thunderbolt 3 and USB4 support. We could see Apple upgrade to a Thunderbolt 4 input next year. 

And while we're on the subject of charging, the iPad Pro 2022 could come with a new reverse wireless charging technology. According to insiders speaking to Bloomberg, the tech giant's upcoming tablet is set to feature a glass back instead of the current iPad Pro's aluminum frame. This will enable wireless charging, similar to how Apple's MagSafe charger works with its latest iPhone 12

We also expect the return of 5G though no changes are likely considering the current models already support sub-6Ghz and mmWave 5G bands. That means you get either the widest or fastest 5G speeds depending on your carrier and location. 

We are several months away from Apple revealing its next batch of iPad Pro models and rumors are already trickling into our newsfeeds. So far, expected upgrades include a mini-LED display on the 11-inch model to match the 12.9-inch version as well as MagSafe wireless charging. It's safe to assume that, if there is a new M-series processor, it will be adopted by the upcoming iPad Pro models. 

We'll keep a close eye on rumors and leaks regarding the iPad Pro models, which are set to arrive next year. In the meantime, see our 14-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro hubs for the latest info on Apple's upcoming laptops — who knows, maybe you spend your hard-warned cash on a laptop and skip the premium tablet altogether. 

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Apple Aiming To Begin Production On New MacBook Pros In Q3: Analyst

CRN 11 July, 2021 - 12:05pm

The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models are expected to include Apple’s high-performance Mac chips, though they may not actually go on sale until the fall.

Apple is planning to begin manufacturing of the next new MacBook Pro models during the current quarter, though sales may not start until the fall, according to reports on a research note from well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple is expected to bring some version of its high-performance Mac chips to the new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models, as well as mini-LED display technology. However, a shortfall in availability for mini-LED components has reportedly delayed the new MacBook Pro production thus far this year.

A new research note from Kuo—an analyst at TF International Securities who has frequently made correct Apple predictions in the past—pinpointed the third quarter as the timeframe for mass production on the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros to begin, according to reports. The third quarter began July 1 and runs through the end of September.

However, Apple may not choose to launch the new MacBook Pro models until it can hold a product announcement event in October or November, according to the reports on Kuo’s note. That event would presumably be separate from the company’s usual September announcement event that sees the company unveil new iPhones and Apple Watches.

The mini-LED shortages may also result in a further delay of several weeks for MacBook Pro shipments even after the announcement event, according to the reports.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

Manufacturers have been facing shortages of a wide range of components this year including display technologies and processors.

Apple has already released several Mac models, including a 13.3-inch version of the MacBook Pro, featuring the first generation of its in-house Mac chips, dubbed the M1. Apple has touted major gains on performance and battery life with the use of the Arm-based M1 chip.

Rumors had suggested Apple might unveil the next MacBook Pro models in June during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2021, but no hardware updates ended up being announced.

Previous reports indicated that Apple’s follow-up processor to the M1 entered mass production in April.

Apple is about eight months into its two-year transition away from using Intel processors in the Mac. Along with the 13.3-inch MacBook Pro, devices featuring the M1 include the MacBook Air, Mac Mini, 24-inch iMac and the iPad Pro.

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iDrop News 11 July, 2021 - 12:05pm

Despite rumours that Apple’s smaller iPad Pro might go straight to OLED, it looks like it’s going to get the mini-LED treatment after all, suggesting that perhaps Apple may indeed have plans to offer three tiers of display technology across its iPad lineup, according to a new investor note from noteworthy analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Earlier this year, we saw the new display technology come to the 2021 version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, but it also turned out that the rumours were correct — the smaller 11-inch version didn’t get invited to the party.

This has led to much speculation over the past few months about Apple’s exact plans for the smaller “Pro” tablet, and with multiple reports that Apple is also working on bringing OLED to the iPad, many wondered if it was going to skip the mini-LED screen entirely.

After all, all the rumours about Apple’s mini-LED work have been centered around the larger iPad Pro and its MacBook lineup, hinting at the possibility that it may simply be more difficult to make mini-LED screens in smaller sizes.

However, it’s also impossible to discount the part played by the global health pandemic in slowing down Apple’s supply chain. We already know that this threw a big wrench into Apple’s plans for better iPhone displays last fall, and could also explain why the mini-LED iPad Pro has been “coming soon” for just as long.

The reality is that there’s an ongoing global shortage of chips that are critical to powering things like mini-LED displays, and Apple has already admitted that this may impact its Mac and iPad product lineups.

Even though Apple’s powerful A-series and M-series chips are at the front of the line, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to have an easier time getting its hand on the many smaller chips that power everything from battery management to the high-resolution displays found on its devices.

So, it’s just as likely that Apple passed on adding mini-LED to the 11-inch iPad Pro this year because it simply couldn’t source enough components to pull it off. However, like the 120Hz “ProMotion” displays that were supposed to come to the iPhone 12, almost any supply chain problem is solvable, given enough time.

This means, in much the same way this year’s iPhone will gain the faster display technology that it missed out on last year, the 11-inch iPad Pro will also join the mini-LED club when the next-generation models arrive sometime in 2022.

Although Apple is expected to release a redesigned MacBook Pro lineup with mini-LED very soon — there are indications, it almost showed up last month — this is the first reliable information we’ve heard that the new display technology will also make its way into the more affordable MacBook Air.

While Apple seems to be all about mini-LED for its larger screens at this point, the company still uses the more established OLED technology in virtually its entire iPhone lineup (save the low-cost iPhone SE), as well as on the Apple Watch.

However, numerous supply chain sources have suggested that Apple is also ramping up OLED production for at least some of its iPad models. These rumours led to questions about the fate of the 11-inch iPad Pro.

More surprisingly, however, a report at the end of last month revealed that Apple was planning to put an OLED screen into its 2022 “iPad Air 5”, up to a year before the flagship iPad Pro models would get the same upgrade.

As things presently stand, this would mean that the middle-tier iPad Air would get better display technology than its more expensive Pro counterpart, which seemed a bit hard to believe. However, if Kuo is correct — and more often than not, he is — then this makes a lot more sense, since the 11-inch iPad Pro would have moved to a mini-LED display by that time.

Even if that didn’t happen, however, it also wouldn’t be the first time the iPad Air had pulled ahead of the iPad Pro — at least temporarily. Last year, Apple released the 2020 iPad Pro lineup with an A12Z chip that was only a minimal improvement over the A12X found in the 2018 model. A few months later, Apple unveiled the fourth-generation iPad Air with the same A14 chip that powers its entire iPhone 12 lineup.

Of course, Apple then totally upped its game by putting the insanely powerful M1 chip into the 2021 iPad Pro models, making the point that its Pro tablets are now in the same class as its MacBook computers.

Still, Apple generally doesn’t mess around in quite the same way with its display technology, having always reserved the best displays for its most premium devices. If anything, this latest development suggests that Apple still considers mini-LED a better choice than OLED for its larger devices, although we’ll have to wait until 2023 to see if the rumours of the iPad Pro switching to an even better OLED screen actually come to fruition.

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Upcoming 11-inch iPad Pro And MacBook Air To Use mini LED Displays 11 July, 2021 - 11:55am

The iPad line products have been sticking with LCD panels for years. But recently, Apple tried a new technology namely mini LED. Unfortunately, only the iPad Pro 12.7-inch version got a new display panel. As a reminder, the 11-inch iPad Pro is still using an LCD screen. Well, this is going to change. All models in the upcoming iPad Pro series will use the new technology mentioned above.

This morning, Ming-Chi Kuo released a report saying that new mini LED suppliers will commence mass production from the second half of 2021 to 2022. Luxshare Precision should receive the highest proportion orders in 2022.

“We predict that new products equipped with Mini LED displays in 2022 include 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and newly designed MacBook Air,” Kuo wrote in a note.

By the way, if you are not aware, mini LED is based on LCD. But these panels employ thousands of tiny backlight diodes. They offer vastly superior contrast, higher brightness, and improved HDR performance rivaling OLED panels. As for standard LCDs, they only have anywhere between dozens and a few hundred local dimming zones.

The report pointed out that if Luxshare Precision can successfully mass-produce in the fourth quarter of 2021, its SMT supply proportions in the fourth quarter of 2021 and 2022 will be 15%-25% and 45%-50%, respectively.

The report also claims that the current supply bottleneck for mini LED iPad Pro is the mini LED SMT production process. The analyst believes that Luxshare Precision will be able to significantly reduce the cost of mini LEDs. Also, it can improve the supply of mini LED displays after becoming a new supplier.

Ming-Chi Kuo reiterated his previous prediction in his report that the newly designed 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which will enter mass production in the third quarter of 2021, will come with mini LED displays.

In addition, the report predicts that new products sporting mini LED displays in 2022 include 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro as well as the newly designed MacBook Air.

Apart from the mini LED, we have also heard that the upcoming iPad Pro will come with an M1 chip, which will be 50% faster than its predecessor. Also, this device will use a glass back panel. Lastly, the Cupertino-based company is testing a magnetic charging system for the new iPad Pro. It is similar to MagSafe wireless charging that comes our way from the iPhone 12. Apple may also add reversible wireless charging support, allowing it to be used to wirelessly charge other devices.

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