iPad Air going Pro? 12.9-inch model tipped for this major display upgrade

iPad Air Goes Pro? 12.9-Inch Model Tipped for Mini-LED Display Upgrade
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iPad enthusiasts and creative professionals' spidey senses must be tingling with excitement! A tweet by industry insider Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) indicated that the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Air, expected to be unveiled in May, could be getting a major display upgrade — we're talking about a stunning mini-LED display, just like the one currently found in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro!

This potential shift from the standard LCD panel on the existing 10.9-inch iPad Air to mini-LED technology on the larger model is a game-changer. Get ready for next-level visuals with boosted brightness for HDR content, deeper blacks that will leave you speechless, and an overall viewing experience that elevates your content creation and entertainment (via MacRumors).

Here's the kicker

Young suggests Apple might be using leftover mini-LED display panels from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro for this upgrade, potentially leading to even better power efficiency for the new iPad Air. This is a classic Apple play, leveraging its existing parts and production volume to keep costs down while delivering a superior product for the customer. It should be a win for everyone in that sense.

It's worth noting that this likely means that the smaller 10.9-inch iPad Air will stick with an LCD panel for now, as Apple doesn't have a stockpile of mini-LED panels in that size. Assuming this mini-LED move happens for the larger Air, it also suggests that the next iPad Pro models, also expected in May, will be making their rumored move to OLED displays to justify the price premium over the Air.

The transition to OLED promises even deeper blacks, a sky-high contrast ratio thanks to self-lit pixels eliminating backlighting, and a visual feast for the eyes unlike anything we've seen on iPads before.

With Young's proven track record on Apple display leaks, this information about the potential mini-LED upgrade for the 12.9-inch iPad Air carries significant weight. Stay tuned, folks – the future of iPad displays is looking incredibly bright (pun intended)!


Mark Anthony Ramirez

Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.