Apple's Upcoming High-End iPad Displays Will Face a Supply Shortage.
According to people familiar with the matter, the next-generation display destined to be a highlight of Apple Inc.'s upcoming top-tier iPad Pro is experiencing manufacturing problems, which may result in limited initial supply of the new gadget.
The Cupertino, California-based technology giant intends to debut a new MiniLED display technology in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is expected to be unveiled in the second half of April. However, the firm's overseas suppliers are experiencing low manufacturing yields, according to people who requested anonymity to address sensitive matters. At least one MiniLED manufacturer has recently had to halt production as a result, one source added.
Apple is also planning to release redesigned iPad Pro tablets in two sizes this month, according to other sources familiar with the company's product roadmap. The MiniLED screen, which improves contrast ratios and produces a brighter picture, will be available only on the more expensive 12.9-inch model. According to the sources, the production hiccup may mean that the larger iPad Pro would ship later and in limited quantities to begin with.
Bloomberg News announced earlier this month that Apple is preparing to unveil new iPad Pro models in April. Apple's spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
Ennostar Inc., General Interface Solution Holding Ltd., and Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology Corp. are among the leading suppliers of MiniLED technology based in Taiwan.
Apple's latest iPad Pro models will be the company's first significant hardware launch of 2021, adding to a product line that has performed exceptionally well as more people work and learn from home. Apart from the new display, Apple plans to have a significantly faster processor comparable to the custom M1 chip used in the company's latest Macs, a faster USB-C port compatible with a broader range of adapters and displays, and better cameras.
Apple earned $8.4 billion in sales from the iPad during the 2020 holiday period, the highest since 2014. Apple will be counting on the upgraded iPad models to retain interest in its tablet line as students and staff steadily return to schools and offices.