Why Apple Used Mini LEDs for the New iPad

Apple announced that its iPad Pro 2021 is getting a massive upgrade from previous models. The 12.9-inch display offers a mini-LED design that backs the LCD panel with tiny diodes. They’re about one-fifth the size of a standard LED, measuring as little as 200 micrometers across.

That smaller size means Apple can pack hundreds of individual LEDs into the iPad Pro 2021. Since the compressed width allows for greater placement options, the tablet can deliver tightly controlled lighting zones.

Users can independently dim or brighten these small screen blocks, allowing the display to tailor the viewing experience to the on-screen content. That means you’ll see deeper dark colors while benefiting from realistic brightness and an HDR boost.

Smaller LEDs Create Better Picture Quality         

Before the iPad Pro 2021’s use of mini LEDs, the best option Apple could deliver was the Liquid Retina LED-lit panels. Although this technology is better than other options on the market, it still comes with limitations that this new approach eliminates.

Apple can now make the screens thinner. Miniature LEDs have a better energy efficiency profile than current backlighting options, allowing for more battery life.

Some of those benefits don’t apply to the new model. The iPad Pro 2021 is actually a quarter-inch thicker than the previous version.

The good news is that the switch to mini LEDs usually happens without a significant price jump. When looking at how televisions implemented this technology, the difference was about $200. You’ll pay $1,099 for the 2021 iPad Pro, which is $100 more than the previous model.

If you don’t want to spend that much, the 10.2-inch Apple iPad is still a great deal at $329. Let’s hope that the microchip shortage ends soon so that the price can stay that low.