Apple iPad Pro 5G launch pushed to 2021: Report

Apple might be channelling its resources and focus on the iPhone 12 as it's the company's central revenue driver.

Highlights
  • The Apple iPad Pro 5G launch is reportedly delayed due to the coronavirus supply chain disruption.
  • The iPad Pro refresh in fall is expected to be powered by the upcoming 5nm A14 SoC.
  • The iPad Pro 5G would also use Qualcomm baseband.

Apple was said to be working on 5G iPad Pro with mini-LED display and it was initially planned to release in fall this year although Apple had already released an iPad Pro model this year. However, now due to the coronavirus supply chain disruption, the Cupertino giant has pushed the launch to 2021, according to a report from United Daily News. This might mean that Apple is channelling its resources and focus on the iPhone 12 as it’s the company’s central revenue driver. While the iPad Pro 2020 features A12Z Bionic chip, the fall refresh was expected to be powered by the upcoming 5nm A14 SoC.

Though Apple is focusing on bringing the iPhone 12 line-up on time, it is said to be delayed by at least a couple of weeks. Speculations are rife they there would be a total of four 5G iPhones this year with Qualcomm modems. The iPad Pro 5G would also use Qualcomm baseband. However, the Cupertino giant is reportedly developing in-house custom-designed modems to reduce the reliance on Qualcomm parts, but that might not happen until 2020.

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The iPad Pro’s mini-LED display is expected to offer better brightness and contrast than the typical LCD panels and without the burn-in issues of OLED screens. It is a similar technology seen in Apple’s Pro Display XDR. Instead of having one large backlight to cover the entire screen, the mini-LED display will use many smaller dimming zones that can be turned on and off individually. Apple is also said to be developing micro-LED to offer per-pixel lighting similar to OLED’s but without any burn-in or colour shifting issues. However, the technology is complicated than mini-LED and won’t be ready for a few years.