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  1. Is there something odd with the iPad Pro's Mini-LED screen or are you watching it wrong? It has been over a decade since the first iPad was introduced. Over the years, Apple consistently bumped up its specs with each iteration. What didn't change much, however, was the underlying display technology. Since 2010, Apple has relied on LCD screens with LED backlight for its iPad lineup. So when rumors of the Cupertino-based company embracing the mini-LED tech surfaced in 2019, fans were psyched. Websites dedicated to Apple news were quick to draw comparisons between mini-LED and OLED. Some even went as far as calling it the dream screen, and a best reason why you should buy the latest iPad Pro. However, as the device shipped, users began complaining about a weird blooming effect on the display. Many consumers canceled their orders and even the ardent supporters described it as a "mixed verdict on mini-LED". What exactly went wrong with Apple's mini-LED display that was supposed to compete with the OLED tech? Key differences between LCD and OLED To understand the issue, we first need a primer on display technologies. In terms of home electronics, we experience two types of display technologies — emissive and transmissive. OLED along with the good old CRT and Plasma tech are emissive displays where each pixel is self-illuminated and can generate colors. Since the other two technologies have been phased out, we will focus on OLED to get the point across. These panels can selectively turn off pixels to render inky blacks on the screen. Since they do away with the need for backlighting, OLED screens don't suffer from patchy brightness and light bleeding. On the other hand, LCDs rely on backlight filtered through a layer of liquid crystal molecules, color filters, and polarizers to form an image. This particular process of rendering an image is lossy and comes with undesired side-effects such as uneven brightness, narrow viewing angles, and backlight bleeding. The biggest issue, however, is the inability to render proper blacks. For instance, if you're watching Gravity (2013), the vastness of dark space will be rendered faithfully on an OLED screen. However, on an LCD screen, the panel's layer of liquid crystals won't be able to block backlight 100 percent. As a result, space will look more like a dark shade of grey instead of jet black. Improving LCD's picture quality with better backlighting To get around this shortcoming, manufacturers squeeze in more LEDs in their displays to get more granular control over backlighting. On expensive LCD panels, you get Full-Array Local Dimming (FALD) as opposed to the widely used Edge LED arrangement. As shown in the image below, a FALD display can pack in several hundred to thousand LEDs compared to a few dozen in a conventional LCD panel. More importantly, FALD panels can selectively dim or brighten up LED zones as per requirement. How blooming comes into the picture While this backlight technology improves an LCD's ability to produce blacks, it introduces a new issue known as blooming. This happens when the light meant for bright objects on the screen spills over the dimmed zones. Honestly, you can't expect otherwise when your Full HD FALD screen has a whopping 2,073,600 pixels (1,920 x 1,080), but only a few hundred dimming zones. Mini-LED panel type takes it to the next level by packing in smaller LEDs in large numbers. Made possible by some impressive miniaturization engineering, this technology was first popularized by TCL on its TV line-up. For the latest iPad Pro, these mini-LED modules are manufactured by the Taiwanese company Ennostar. According to Apple's Director of HW Technologies, Heidi Delgado, the latest iPad Pro display has over 10,000 LED backlights and around 2,596 dimming zones. These mini LEDs are said to be over a hundred times smaller than the conventional ones. Since Apple hasn't shed much light on the underlying tech, here's a comparison image from TCL to put things in perspective. At its core, the mini-LED panel is still an LCD with more refined backlighting. It is like a FALD LCD on steroids, which vastly improves the panel's contrast ratio. As highlighted in most reviews, the latest iPad Pro is undoubtedly very good at rendering deep blacks. However, along with amplifying FALD's best characteristics, mini LED also boosts its problems. The iPad Pro (2021) has a screen resolution of 2732 x 2048, which translates to 55,95,136 pixels. While delivering 2,596 dimming zones is certainly an improvement, it is still not adequate for 5.6 million pixels. The display's 1,000 nits brightness, which is generally a good thing, also enhances the blooming artifacts. This issue didn't plague the previous-generation iPad Pro, because it had a paltry 72 LEDs. Sure, the low density of LEDs led to poor rendition of blacks but it also defused the backlight intensity over a larger area. Thus, avoiding the blooming artifact. Can Apple fix this issue? On the new iPad Pro, the blooming issue isn't noticeable while browsing the web, writing an email, or shopping on Amazon. It becomes jarring only when there are white objects or UI elements against a dark background. However, that's still frustrating for anyone who has spend over $1,000 for this product. It is strange that Apple failed to detect this issue during internal testing. Even if Apple eats the humble pie, don't hold your breath for the company to patch things up over a software update. The only thing it can do now is to cap the brightness to make the blooming slightly less jarring. If the firm wants to ensure this issue doesn't crop up in future iPads, it will have to make a switch to OLED screens. With the price of current generation iPad Pro 12.9" starting at $1,100, we don't see why Apple shouldn't consider that. Is there something odd with the iPad Pro's Mini-LED screen or are you watching it wrong?
  2. iPad Pro with Mini LED could be delayed up to July For a company like Apple, delays in product shipments aren’t just embarrassing, they’re also costly for everyone involved in the production chain. Fortunately, those instances are rare and happen only in the most extreme conditions. Unfortunately, those conditions might be at play again with the latest-gen iPad Pros who might not be shipping until two months because of the very feature that defines this biggest and newest Apple tablet. There were already worries that Apple would postpone its April event and delay the iPad Pros. That was mostly because of reports that Mini LED displays were in short supply due to various economic conditions, including the global chip shortage. In addition to the new Apple M1 processor, which is also found in the latest Macs, that Mini LED panel would be one of the defining features of the 5th-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro. That Mini LED feature, which Apple officially brands as “Liquid Retina XDR”, is promised to deliver brighter images and higher contrast ratios, meaning darker blacks. It is, unfortunately, also harder to make and now the reports say that the one and a half month delay could get a bit worse because of it. Bloomberg’s sources claim that supply constraints could push shipments back to mid-July or even later. That’s already a long waiting time for a device that went into pre-order last month and is expected to officially launch in just a few weeks. Delivery dates for those pre-orders already stretch into June so another month of waiting will surely irk a few early buyers. Of course, consumers won’t be the ones hit the hardest when missing such targets. While Apple missing $4 billion in revenue in the current quarter sounds inconsequential for such a large company, those delays will also cost assemblers and suppliers to miss their quarterly targets. Every one of those is probably hoping that when the new 12.9-inch iPad Pros do become available, they will fly off shelves to make up for lost time and profits. Source: iPad Pro with Mini LED could be delayed up to July
  3. Apple’s 2021 iPad Pros could have 5G They might have Mini-LED displays, too Photo by Brennan King / The Verge Apple’s 2021 iPad Pros could have 5G, thanks to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X55 5G modem, according to Apple leaker L0vetodream on Twitter. If Apple does use that modem, the new iPad Pros could take advantage of both sub-6GHz 5G and the faster mmWave 5G. The new iPad Pros could also have Mini-LED displays, says L0vetodream. This isn’t the first we’ve heard that iPad Pros could be getting Mini-LED displays. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated in December that a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Mini-LED could launch in Q3 2020. Kuo has said that Apple is interested in Mini-LED panels because they offer similar benefits to OLED screens, such as localized dimming and a wide color gamut. The new iPad Pros may also have an A14X chip, says L0vetodream (which also matches Kuo’s predictions from December) and could launch in Q1 or Q2 of 2021 (which is later than Kuo’s Q3 2020 predicted release for a new 12.9-inch iPad Pro). L0vetodream is an anonymous Twitter account, so it’s unclear who is behind it. But the account has recently shared some rumors that have turned out to be true, including that the new iPhone SE would come in three different colors and storage configurations. However, it’s also a reasonably safe guess that 5G is coming to iPad Pros in the near future, given that 5G is rumored to come to iPhones this year. You can see L0vetodream’s full rumor track record on AppleTrack. Apple released new iPad Pros in March. The signature new feature was a LIDAR sensor that can detect depth, which, combined with data from the cameras, could help create better augmented reality apps and experiences. The 2020 iPad Pros also had a new A12Z Bionic chip and improved microphones. Apple’s 2021 iPad Pros could have 5G
  4. The video argues that the Pro is "more powerful than most computers," and extremely versatile, being a "scanner, camera, editing suite, notepad, cinema, music studio, book, and a computer." Other bulletpoints include available LTE support, a simple interface, and the creative possibilities of the second-generation Apple Pencil. The ad's language is notably different from earlier iPad marketing, which tried to distance iPads from regular computers while competing with them at the same time. At one point the company referred to iPads as ushering in a "post-PC" era, and in November 2017 the company aired its infamous "What's a computer?" ad, often lampooned for being out of touch with reality. The new ad would seem to be a reversal, embracing the "computer" label in order to be seen as serious hardware. That approach is also reflected to an extent in the new Pro's design, since it now uses USB-C instead of Lightning, opening up compatible accessories. Not all USB-C accessories will work though, and iOS has yet to gain an open filesystem. Source: Apple Insider
  5. Some iPad Pro owners who have 2017 and 2018 models have increasingly been running into issues with screen stuttering, based on a slew of threads on the Apple Support communities and the MacRumors forums. Affected users have iPad Pro models that sometimes refuse to register touch gestures, stutter when scrolling, miss keystrokes, and have other similar issues. We here at MacRumors have not been able to replicate this issue, but the sheer number of complaints suggests something may be going on with the iPad Pro's display. MacRumors reader Flasch describes the issue he had with his iPad Pro right out of the box: "I bought a new 12.9" iPad pro on the first available day last Wednesday. The o, k, and to a lesser extent i and j keys on the on-screen software keyboard consistently recognized touch with a click and change in colour of the key but the letter would often not appear in any program. For o in particular, it often required several attempts to make the letter register. " Spent time on the phone with apple and they didn't have a solution. A full restore to factory settings didn't help. "I returned it to the store today and picked up a new 12.9" iPad pro. Brought it home and this one is worse. Ofter 5 or more presses of o or k to get it to register. When the iPad is turned clockwise to landscape mode, the q and w are then in the same region of the device and they don't work either. Seven presses of the q before a letter appeared on the screen. It seems the bottom right of the touchscreen has an issue." Other iPad Pro users are having the same issue with touchscreen unresponsiveness, which can also impact scrolling and general usage. From MacRumors reader Codeseven: " Newest 12.9'" iPad Pro, 1 TB/6 Gb model running iOS 12.1.3., no Screen Protector applied. Seems to occur on all areas of the screen. Screen freezes. Started cropping up just in the last few weeks, seems to be getting worse. Reacts as though the screen was very dirty or my finger isn't contacting then screen completely. Interestingly, the freeze will sometimes stop when the iPad is changed from any angle to level. Also, sometimes if allot of finger pressure is used then the freeze is gone." The problem appears to be primarily impacting new 2018 iPad Pro models, though there have also been complaints from some 2016 and 2017 iPad Pro owners. Source
  6. iPad Pro 2020 vs iPad Pro 2018: battle of the top-end Apple tablets What difference does two years make? The iPad Pro 11 (2018) (Image credit: TechRadar) It’s been a long time coming, but Apple has finally upgraded its top-end iPad range, releasing a new iPad Pro 11 (2020) and iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) as successors to the iPad Pro 11 (2018) and iPad Pro 12.9 (2018). The new slates have most of the features and updates you might expect – such as a new chipset – and some you might not expect, such as a LiDAR scanner. But a lot of things also haven't changed. So to help give you a complete picture of how the iPad Pro 2020 range compares to the iPad Pro 2018 range we’ve compared them in full, looking at their prices, design, display, specs, camera and battery. iPad Pro 2020 vs iPad Pro 2018 price and availability The new iPad Pro 11 and iPad Pro 12.9 are both available to order already, with deliveries from March 25, and Apple is no longer selling the 2018 models, so if you still want the older ones you’ll have to find them at a third-party store. The iPad Pro 11 (2020) starts at $799 / £769 / AU$1,329 for a Wi-Fi-only model with 128GB of storage, and rises all the way to $1,449 / £1,419 / AU$2,429 for a 1TB Wi-Fi and cellular model, with 256GB and 512GB models in between, with all versions coming with or without cellular connectivity. The iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) is even more expensive, starting at $999 / £969 / AU$1,649 for a 128GB Wi-Fi-only option and going up to $1,649 / £1,619 / AU$2,749 for a 1TB Wi-Fi and cellular one. Apple has stopped selling the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) (Image credit: TechRadar) The 2018 iPad Pro 11 meanwhile started at $799 / £769 / AU$1,229 for a Wi-Fi-only model with 64GB of storage, and rose to $1,699 / £1,669 / AU$2,549 for a 1TB model with Wi-Fi and cellular. Finally, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) started at $999 / £969 / AU$1,529 for a 64GB Wi-Fi model and rose to $1,899 / £1,869 / AU$2,869 for a 1TB Wi-Fi and cellular model. The upshot is that all of these slates are very expensive, but their starting prices are similar (while giving you double the storage with the new 2020 iPad Pro models), and at the top end the latest slates are actually slightly cheaper than the 2018 ones. That said, the 2018 models are likely to start getting significantly reduced now in stores where they’re still available, given that they’re getting on a bit, have been superseded, and have been discontinued by Apple. iPad Pro 2020 vs iPad Pro 2018 design While a lot of things have changed for the new iPad Pro models the design remains very similar to 2018’s. In all cases you’re getting a metal rectangle with small bezels, and the overall dimensions are the same on the new models as the old. That means both 2018’s and 2020’s iPad Pro 11 is 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9mm, and both versions of the iPad Pro 12.9 are 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9mm. The iPad Pro 2020 (Image credit: Apple) The weights differ, but the difference is negligible. The Wi-Fi-only version of the iPad Pro 11 (2020) is 471g, compared to 468g for the 2018 model, while the 2020 iPad Pro 12.9 is 641g, and the 2018 version is 631g. In most cases the weights go up a tiny bit for cellular models, but the differences are similarly tiny. The four slates all come in silver or space gray, and none of them have a 3.5mm headphone port. iPad Pro 2020 vs iPad Pro 2018 display As you’ve probably noticed, the screen sizes haven’t changed, with both generations coming in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes. The resolutions and therefore pixel densities are also the same, with both iPad Pro 11 models coming in at 1668 x 2388 and 264 pixels per inch, and both iPad Pro 12.9 models being 2048 x 2732 and 264 pixels per inch. (Image credit: Apple) The core tech is also similar – all of these models have a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and they all include ‘True Tone’, which automatically adjusts the white balance based on the light in your surroundings. Plus, they all have a typical maximum brightness of 600 nits, and a wide color display (P3). iPad Pro 2020 vs iPad Pro 2018 camera and battery The biggest area of focus on the iPad Pro 2020 models seems to have been the camera, as Apple has added a second rear camera to the new models. So while all of them have a 12MP f/1.8 main snapper, the iPad Pro 11 (2020) and iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) additionally have a 10MP f/2.4 ultra-wide one with a 125-degree field-of-view. This extra lens enables 2x optical zoom, and the True Tone flash is also brighter on the 2020 iPad Pro models. The iPad Pro 2020 (Image credit: Apple) Things have changed a bit around the front too, as while all four slates have a 7MP selfie snapper, the iPad Pro 2020 models additionally have a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) scanner, which can improve depth-sensing, which should in turn boost both Portrait mode and augmented reality apps. And while all four slates support 4K video recording and have five microphones, the 2020 iPad Pro models use ‘studio quality’ mics, which should boost the audio quality of your recordings. As for the battery, Apple never reveals sizes, but it claims that all four models have up to 10 hours of life when surfing the web over Wi-Fi or watching videos, so it doesn’t sound like there’s any improvement there. The iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) (Image credit: TechRadar) iPad Pro 2020 vs iPad Pro 2018 specs and features One thing that has had a big upgrade for the iPad Pro 2020 is the chipset, as the new slates use an A12Z Bionic chipset, which Apple claims is faster than the processors in most Windows PC laptops. That’s up from the A12X Bionic chipset in the iPad Pro 2018 models, which is still very fast and beats most smartphones, but a bit more dated now. In all cases though that’s paired with a neural engine and an M12 co-processor. Other specs include 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of storage in the new models, while the older ones come in the same selection, except with 64GB in place of 128GB. They all also have four speakers. The slates all run iPadOS, but the iPad Pro 2020 models come with iPadOS 13.4 out of the box, which adds trackpad support. The older models should soon be updated to that, but note that the new slates will probably keep getting software updates for longer. The iPad Pro 2020 with its Magic Keyboard (Image credit: Apple) All of the slates support the latest Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, but Apple has additionally launched a new Magic Keyboard, which is only compatible with the 2020 iPad Pro models. This includes a trackpad, backlit keys, and a hinge, so you can use it at lots of angles. Takeaway While a lot seems to have changed with the new iPad Pro models, a lot has also stayed the same. The designs, screens and battery life seem very similar to the previous generation, but the iPad Pro 2020 has a newer, more powerful chipset, an extra camera lens, and a LiDAR scanner, as well as more base storage and a lower price at the top end. Pair the iPad Pro 2020 with the new Magic Keyboard and it’s also likely to be a far more capable laptop replacement than the iPad Pro 2018 – though we won’t know for sure until we’ve put the new models through a full review. Given how long it has been since the previous models launched, the changes and upgrades here perhaps aren’t as significant as you might hope or expect – and if you’re rocking an iPad Pro 2018 then, on paper, there’s probably not a huge amount of reason for most people to upgrade, especially given the high price. But the iPad Pro 11 (2018) has sat at the top of our best tablets list for a long time and it’s likely that these new models will beat it, so if you want the very best tablet available then one of the iPad Pro 2020 options is probably it – but you’ll have to wait for our full reviews to be sure. Source: iPad Pro 2020 vs iPad Pro 2018: battle of the top-end Apple tablets (TechRadar)
  7. Apple’s new iPad Pro has trackpad support, lidar, and an 8-core GPU Mouse and trackpad support are coming to all iPads on March 24 with iPadOS 13.4. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 9+ images. Apple's 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets got major updates today. Most notably, Apple added a totally new dual-camera system with a lidar scanner, confirming rumors that the company would bring a time-of-flight (ToF) sensor to the device to improve the accuracy and speed of augmented reality (AR) applications. Additionally, the iPad Pro has a new system-on-a-chip called the A12Z (not the A13X like previous nomenclature suggested). Among other things, it has an 8-core GPU that promises 2.6x faster graphics performance than the A10X and a more modest improvement over the A12X. Apple says the new iPad Pro has an enhanced thermal design as well. That new rear-camera array has a 12MP (ƒ/1.8 aperture) wide-angle camera, plus a 10MP (ƒ/2.4) ultra-wide angle camera with a 125-degree field of view. Like the new iPhone 11 models from late last year, the ultra-wide enables a 2x optical out shooting mode. Since there's no telephoto lens, though, it only supports digital zoom. Both the wide and ultra-wide lenses can record 4K video at 60 frames per second. The camera on the front appears to be the same: 7MP (ƒ/2.2) with the TrueDepth array for Face ID and some other features. The display also appears unchanged. As with the MacBook Air also announced today, the really interesting news is about the keyboard and inputs. Apple will continue to offer the existing Smart Keyboard Folio for $179, but it is introducing a new peripheral called the Magic Keyboard at a steep $299. The Magic Keyboard will also work with the previous 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models. Pictured above, the Magic Keyboard has a built-in trackpad—again confirming rumors from the lead-up to this launch. Apple will release an operating system update (iPadOS 13.4) on March 24 that adds system-wide support for trackpads and keyboards—not just for this iPad Pro but for the entire current iPad line. And all current iPads will also support the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and third-party pointer peripherals. The cursor is round, modeled after a human fingertip, and it locks onto UI elements to highlight them for easy clicking when it passes over them. It also turns into a standard text-editing cursor when used on text. The trackpad supports a number of gestures, including swiping between apps, pinch to zoom, swiping up with three fingers to go to the home screen, swipe and hold to enter multitasking, and reaching Slide Over by moving the cursor to the side of the screen. The keyboard in this peripheral looks like it will be a big improvement over the Smart Keyboard Folio. Rather than the built-in soft keys from that folio, the Magic Keyboard has the same scissor mechanism found in the 16-inch MacBook Pro and the newly updated MacBook Air, with individual keys and 1mm of travel. Apple went with an unusual design for this case, too: when deployed in the typing configuration, the back of the cover actually elevates the iPad above the surface it's set on, and the iPad's angle can be adjusted between 130 and 90 degrees. The Magic Keyboard also comes with a USB-C port for power passthrough. The new iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 11-inch model and $999 for the 12.9-inch, with 128GB of storage in the base configuration—twice the storage seen before. Apple is taking orders now, and the tablet will ship to buyers next week. The Magic Keyboard is coming in May, however. Listing image by Apple Source: Apple’s new iPad Pro has trackpad support, lidar, and an 8-core GPU (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  8. Apple leaks its own new iPad Pro models in China It's no secret that Apple is going to be releasing new iPad Pro models soon. After all, the current lineup is almost a year and a half old. While we've seen plenty of leaks and rumors, we haven't seen any from Apple itself, until now. Apple's website in China actually temporarily showed the model numbers of the new units in an iPad user manual, as spotted by iPhone in Canada. The Wi-Fi models of the 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro are A228 and A229, respectively, while the cellular models are A2231 and A2233, respectively. Of course, this doesn't tell us much about the products themselves, but what it does tell us is that the release of these products is likely imminent. Apple is prepping its materials for the launch of the new iPad Pro, which is expected to include a triple-lens camera, updated internals, and more. Also expected this spring is what people are calling the iPhone 9 or the iPhone SE 2. These handsets are expected to be updated versions of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, including the home button. Source: Apple leaks its own new iPad Pro models in China (Neowin)
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