12.9-inch iPad Air to have Mini LED display

Vlad, 18 April 2024

The next generation iPad Air has long been rumored to come in two sizes, emulating the iPad Pro line for the first time. And while the next iPad Pro will switch to OLED for its screen technology, it looks like the upcoming larger iPad Air will use the Mini LED tech that is in the current iPad Pro generation.

This information comes from Display Supply Chain Consultants' Ross Young, generally a reliable source for this kind of stuff. The move to Mini LED for the 12.9" iPad Air would give it lower power consumption, better brightness for HDR content and deeper blacks compared to the IPS LCD tech inside the current iPad Air.

12.9-inch iPad Air to have Mini LED display

Apple apparently had some leftover Mini LED panels produced for the current-gen 12.9" iPad Pro that it now plans on using for the Air, which makes sense considering how bad its tablet sales have been in recent months. Even so, it's still a net positive for the Air line, and with the upcoming larger iPad Air model, those who want a 12.9" Apple tablet will be able to get one for less money than the Pro.

Although Young hasn't said anything about the display tech used in the upcoming 10.9" iPad Air, the logical guess is that it will still use IPS LCD panels since there isn't a 10.9-inch iPad Pro in production for which leftover Mini LED panels could have been available. That is, unless Apple switches to 11" for the smaller variant.

The new iPad Air models are expected to finally become official next month, alongside the new iPad Air tablets.

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Reader comments

  • Tom Apple
  • 01 May 2024
  • 3pE

"Mini LED display" is a marketing term mostly. Especially when they say "mini led is better compared to IPS LCD". One thing to remember is that "mini led displays" ARE IPS LCD. Mini led is only a backlight technology wit...

  • Anonymous
  • 21 Apr 2024
  • 70d

Depends on the implementation. If local dimming works great, Mini LED displays are fine. Apple's Mini LED displays with the horrible blooming issue are of very low quality, though.

  • Anonymous
  • 21 Apr 2024
  • yBj

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