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Upcoming iPad Air tipped to feature a 12.9-inch Mini LED display; Check other upgrades

Apple is planning to introduce a plethora of upgrades, especially with the upcoming iPad Air, with the latest rumour suggesting the inclusion of a Mini-LED display.

By: SHAURYA TOMER
| Updated on: Apr 19 2024, 14:05 IST
WWDC 2024 expected announcements: Apple could unveil iOS 18, AI upgrades and more
Upcoming iPad Air tipped to feature a 12.9-inch Mini LED display
1/5 WWDC 2024 location - Continuing the trend of yesteryears, WWDC 2024 will take place at Apple Park in Menlo, Cupertino, California, the home of the company since 2017. (Apple)
Upcoming iPad Air tipped to feature a 12.9-inch Mini LED display
2/5 WWDC 2024 announcements - Apple has already announced that the WWDC 2024 will showcase advancements in iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and visionOS. It is also designed to help developers by providing them insight into several frameworks, tools, features and access to Apple experts. (Unsplash)
Upcoming iPad Air tipped to feature a 12.9-inch Mini LED display
3/5 iOS 18 - Despite not being confirmed, iOS 18 is pretty nailed on to be introduced at WWDC 2024, and it is likely to become one of the starring highlights. This is due to several AI upgrades that are in the pipeline. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman says it could be one of the “biggest updates in iPhone's history”. Apple could unveil a Siri powered by Large Language Models (LLMs), whereas AI could be incorporated into apps like Music, Keynote, Pages, and even AppleCare. (Unsplash)
Upcoming iPad Air tipped to feature a 12.9-inch Mini LED display
4/5 Other software - In addition to iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15, watchOS 11, tvOS 18, and HomePod Software 18 are also likely to see the light of day. Moreover, Apple may also unveil visionOS 2, the software powering the Apple Vision Pro headset. (Unsplash)
Upcoming iPad Air tipped to feature a 12.9-inch Mini LED display
5/5 Mac Studio, Mac Pro and other devices - Like last year, Apple may take the wraps off its new generation of Mac devices including Mac Studio, Mac Pro and Mac Mini, all of which could be powered by the new M3 chip. The iPhone maker also unveiled a 15-inch MacBook Air last year but no unveil is likely this time as M3-powered MacBook Air was already launched earlier this month. (Unsplash)
Upcoming iPad Air tipped to feature a 12.9-inch Mini LED display
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The upcoming iPad Air could get a 12.9-inch Mini-LED display. Check details. (Unsplash)

For months now, speculation about the upcoming iPads has been on the rise. Why wouldn't it? It is the only Apple product that has not received an upgrade for nearly two years now, something which has never happened before. But if reports are to be believed, Apple might be late to the party, but it is planning to introduce a plethora of upgrades, especially with the upcoming iPad Air, with the latest rumour suggesting the inclusion of a Mini-LED display.

Upcoming iPad Air tipped to feature a 12.9-inch Mini LED display

According to Ross Young of research firm Display Supply Chain Consultants (via MacRumors), Apple may be planning to shift from a traditional LCD display to a Mini-LED display for its upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Air. In theory, it could lead to an increase in display quality, better colour reproduction, deeper blacks and more brightness for displaying HDR content.

As per Young, this move has another benefit - a better battery life. The Mini-LED display would draw less power than traditional LCD panels, which could mean a longer battery life for the iPad Air. However, this shift is only expected to happen with the 12.9-inch iPad Air, while the 10.9-inch variant might still ship with an LCD display due to Apple reportedly lacking inventory of smaller Mini-LED displays.

Other updates

According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, the iPad Air is expected to get the M2 upgrade this year. Additionally, it is rumoured to come out in two sizes - 10.9 inches and 12.9 inches. While big, it would still be smaller than the 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro.

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First Published Date: 19 Apr, 14:04 IST
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