MacRumors quoted TFI Securities analyst Guo Ming-Chi as reporting that Apple plans to launch iPads and AirPods 3 equipped with mini LED displays in the first half of next year.
The report focuses on supplier Career Technology, which will ship LCP (liquid crystal polymer) soft boards to Apple. This technology provides a flexible way to connect components and also facilitates high-speed, low-latency data transmission.
The Chinese manufacturer will obviously ship the acoustic and optical components of the soft board for the mini-LED iPad.
According to reports, the iPad model will be mass-produced in the first half of 2021. Kuo said earlier that six mini-LED Apple products are being produced, including 27-inch iMac Pro, 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and 10.2-inch iPad.
And the 7.9-inch “iPad” mini. He also claimed that this 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2021, which will be Apple’s first mini-LED product.
Mini-LED provides contrast and image quality matching OLED. This technology is relatively cheap and does not age easily.
Career may also provide components for AirPods 3. It is said that they will also start mass production in the first half of 2021.
It is expected that the design of these buds is similar to AirPods Pro, which means that their stems will be shorter and the earplugs can be replaced.
The rigid-flex PCB + SMT design may be replaced with the system-in-package used by “AirPods Pro”.
The “new AirPods” seem to be cheaper and will skip high-end features such as active noise reduction. It is said that Apple is also developing a new wireless chip, and the upcoming earplugs may also provide longer battery life.
Kuo also expects Apple to use soft board technology in the iPhone 13 to save space and reduce manufacturing costs.