Shocking information emerged about the rumored 14.1-inch iPad. Aside from its large size, the display may not include the top-tier features offered by other iPad Pro models, such as a very fast refresh rate.
This could be an attempt by Apple to control the price of the extra-large tablet.
The 14.1-inch iPad lacks Promotion and Mini LEDs
Analyst Ross Young recently broke the news that a 14.1-inch iPad is coming in early 2023. The device, even larger than the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro, will appeal to mobile professionals and students who use a tablet as their primary computer.
But Young now has some new details from his sources in Apple’s supply chain, and they may disappoint some potential buyers.
Most notably, they say via twitter Screen “Promotion unlikely to happen.” If true, this means the display won’t have a 120Hz refresh rate, which is a signature feature of the iPad Pro line.
The analyst is also being told that the 14.1-inch iPad will not have a Mini LED display, standard LED backlight for its LCD. The current 12.9-inch iPad Pro has a Mini LED, but the 11-inch version doesn’t.
In mini-LED screens, thousands of tiny LEDs provide a backlight that can illuminate very specific areas. The result is higher contrast, darker blacks, better brightness and better power efficiency over standard LED backlighting.
Without the ProMotion or Mini-LED, says Young, “it probably wouldn’t be an iPad Pro, just an iPad.” He reiterated his earlier prediction that the tablet, as it is called, would be out in the first quarter of 2023.
Young is a display specialist with contacts at the companies that supply screens to Apple. This has helped him make some very accurate predictions.
keeping costs under control
Not including the top-tier screen in Apple’s 14.1-inch iPad could be about the price. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $1099. A bigger display will inevitably drive up that price. By using a less expensive LCD, the increase may not increase the cost of the equipment much beyond what most buyers are able to pay.
As Young pointed out, a standard 60Hz 14.1-inch screen isn’t expensive. “Panel prices are really cheap and getting cheaper, so it won’t cost more than 10.2″,” he said. on twitter,