Taiwanese firm Ennostar will start manufacturing of Mini-LED backlight items for an upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro within the late first quarter or second quarter of this yr, in accordance to trade sources cited by DigiTimes.
Ennostar is a holding firm that was collectively established in January 2021 by LED-related producers Epistar and Lextar Electronics.
Apple is predicted to unveil the brand new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Mini-LED backlighting within the first half of this yr, with Epistar serving because the unique provider of Mini-LED chips that will probably be packaged into backlight items by Lextar, the report claims. This timeframe has been rumored a number of occasions, with some studies narrowing down a release to the first quarter, so it’s attainable the brand new iPad Pro will probably be launched in March.
The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro can also be anticipated to characteristic a faster A14X chip and support for 5G networks on fashions with mobile connectivity.
It’s unclear if Apple plans to introduce a brand new 11-inch iPad Pro on the similar time, as many rumors have solely talked about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. One chance is that Mini-LED backlighting will probably be restricted to the 12.9-inch mannequin, with the 11-inch mannequin’s key new options restricted to the A14X chip and 5G help, however it’s unclear.
Apple will possible additionally undertake Mini-LED backlighting for brand spanking new MacBook fashions to be unveiled within the second half of this yr, in accordance to the report. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro fashions to launch within the second half of 2021 with a brand new design, the return of an HDMI port and SD card reader, the removal of the Touch Bar, basic MagSafe charging with a breakaway energy cable, and extra.