Apple iPad with mini-LED display, AirPods 3 to launch in 2021: Kuo
Apple could launch its first iPads with Mini-LED displays, as well as AirPods 3 true wireless earbuds in the first half of 2021, according to the latest research note from prestigious analyst Ming-Chi Kuo at TFI Securities. The Investor Research Note focuses on Taiwan-based OEM race technology, which Kuo suggests will be a key partner in Apple’s supply chain for the next product cycle. The new iPads and AirPods 3 are expected to go into mass production in early 2021, and could launch in the first half of the year.
Mini-LED display on the new iPads
According to a report by MacRumors, Kuo says that Career Technology will receive orders for certain components related to the manufacture of an iPad Mini-LED that will go into mass production in the first half of 2021. This means that the launch of the new iPad could be in the first half of the same 2021; a March or April release wouldn’t be hard to imagine.
Mini-LED is a new display technology that offers many of the benefits of OLED, by using many individual LEDs to produce the image in a similar way to OLED displays. Although each individual pixel is not controlled independently, the technology works in a similar way and is also said to be less expensive to manufacture. Apple is expected to push Mini-LED display technology for many of its upcoming products, starting with the iPad range in early 2021.
Apple AirPods 3 expected to launch in 2021
The report further states that Kuo also expects Apple AirPods 3 to launch in the first half of 2021. The new true wireless earbuds will have a different design than Apple AirPods 2, with interchangeable ear pads and a shorter stem, like on the AirPods Pro. However, the key differentiating factor here will be the lack of premium features like active noise cancellation, which will keep the AirPods Pro as the flagship of Apple’s true wireless audio range.
Career Technology is expected to receive component orders for the AirPods 3 in addition to the Mini-LED iPads, and is likely to benefit from any possible adoption of Mini-LED displays in the upcoming iPhones as well. Kuo’s predictions are that Apple will largely adopt Mini-LED displays in 2021, and the analyst has often been right with his research and predictions.