Apple AirPods 3, Mini-LED iPad will launch in first half of 2021: Ming-Chi Kuo

TFI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that Apple is planning to launch an iPad with a mini-LED display and AirPods 3 with a design signature similar to the AirPods Pro in the first half of 2021. According to a report in MacRumors, in a research note to investors, Kuo’s prediction is for the Taiwanese manufacturer Career Technology, which is expected to be a key partner in the supply chain for Apple’s products next year.

 Apple AirPods 3, Mini-LED iPad will launch in first half of 2021: Ming-Chi Kuo

The report cites the note in stating that Career is expected to regain order for acoustic and optical components in soft boards for a mini-LED iPad. These mini-LED iPads will be produced in large numbers in the first half of 2021. Kuo had a few months back revealed that Apple has six mini-LED products in its pipeline planned to launch through the end of 2021.

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These products include a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a 27-inch iMac Pro, a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, a 16-inch MacBook Pro, a 10.2.-inch iPad and a 7.9-inch iPad mini.

The latest development, however, points towards the analyst’s expectations having changed since Kuo had long predicted that a 12.9-inch iPad pro with a fourth-quarter 2021 launch timeframe for the Apple’s first mini-LED product.

The report adds that mini-LED technology makes use of 1,000 to 10,000 individual LEDs that are an upgrade from the traditional LED-backlit displays.

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Kuo has also revealed that the company is working on a third-generation AirPods that will go into production during the first half of 2021. The AirPods will make use of the same System-in-Package that is used for the AirPods Pro. It will replace the PCB+SMT design of the second-generation AirPods. Instead, it will allow a form similar to the AirPods Pro, featuring a shorter stem and replaceable ear tips. They are expected to be more affordable and will lack high-end features like Active Noise Cancellation.