Taiwanese touch panel maker GIS plans to expand its backend module capacity for new products at its factory in Chengdu, China, according to industry sources cited in a supply chain publication report. DigiTimes.
One of the new products is likely to be Apple’s long-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Mini-LED display, due to launch in late March or early Q2, the companies said. industry sources. The deadline suggests that Apple could announce the device in the next few weeks, or in April at the latest.
A new 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a Mini-LED display has been widely rumored for many months. The device would still have an LCD screen, but with Mini-LED backlighting for higher brightness, an improved contrast ratio, and other benefits. It is unclear if the 11-inch iPad Pro will also be updated with a Mini-LED display, as many rumors have only mentioned the 12.9-inch model, even though the devices are generally updated together.
The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro is also expected to feature a faster A14X chip and support for 5G networks on models with cellular connectivity.
March is a common month for Apple to announce new or updated products. Apple last updated its iPad Pro lineup in March 2020 with a slightly improved A12Z Bionic chip, ultra-wide camera, LiDAR scanner, and better-sounding microphones.
Chinese leaker “Kang” recently suggested that Apple plans to host an event on March 23, and while it has a strong track record so far, Apple could, of course, choose to announce the new iPad Pro with a press release. Other rumored products include Apple’s long-awaited AirTags item trackers, a new Apple TV, new AirPods, and more Apple silicone Macs.