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Mini-LED technology would also equip the future 11-inch iPad Pro

Introduced on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, mini-LED technology is expected to be offered on the 11-inch model. As well as on MacBooks.

This year, Apple brought new display technology to its iPad lineup. For the moment, it is only reserved for the most expensive model: the iPad Pro with a screen diagonal of 12.9 inches is equipped with a mini-LED screen. This novelty, articulated around a more advanced backlighting, makes it possible to accentuate the contrasts and to offer a better visual experience. Naturally, this technology will take place on other products of the Cupertino company.

According to information from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider on July 9), the mini LED screen – dubbed Liquid Retina XDR – would equip the future 11-inch iPad Pro. An evolution that seems logical. The mini-LED would also be offered on the MacBook catalog. The specialist in indiscretions Apple evokes 2022 for a new generation of MacBook Air offering this technology.

iPad Pro 2021 // Source: Louise Audry for Numerama

Apple relies on the mini-LED rather than the OLED

If Apple is now relying on OLED technology for its iPhones, everything suggests that it prefers the mini-LED for its iPad and future MacBooks. As a reminder, the mini LED is based, as its name suggests, on a backlight made up of thousands of small LEDs. This helps to diffuse the light better, with striking results in terms of black depth and light peaks (up to 1600 nits). ” These mini LEDs are grouped into over 2,500 individually controlled dimming zones Apple says of the technology.

During our test of the new iPad Pro, we praised the contribution of mini-LED technology: “ With a backlit display, black is always whitened, in a sort of shade of gray that is perfectly seen on the screen of the iPad Pro of 2020. With a mini-LED display, the backlight by zone allows to turn off the lights. black areas and produce a contrast of 1,000,000: 1, with deep black. However, we could deplore a disturbing phenomenon: blooming, which causes a luminous halo to appear around shiny elements on dark areas (example: subtitles). This is the point on which Apple will have to work to make Liquid Retina XDR essential.

To acquire a tablet equipped with an OLED screen (which is not affected by blooming), you have to turn to Samsung and its Galaxy Tab S7 + slate.

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