iPad Pro 2021 reportedly with Thunderbolt support

The next iPad Pro is just around the corner: According to reports, it will introduce new screen technology and ensure better connections to peripherals.

Externally, the new iPad Pro should only differ slightly from the 2020 models

Apple is preparing to launch the new iPad Pro. The upcoming model series will continue to be available in two sizes, the design corresponds to the previous model, as the financial news agency Bloomberg reports, citing informed people. The iPad Pro 2021 relies on a faster processor on par with Apple's M1 chip and better cameras. In the large 12.9 "model - as had long been expected - the mini-LED screen technology will make its debut at Apple: Backlighting made up of tiny LEDs ensures more brightness and higher contrast than previous LC displays.

Thunderbolt will probably come to the iPad

The new iPad Pro, which switched from Lightning to USB-C as a port in 2018, will apparently also support Thunderbolt for the first time: Apple has tested the new models with the interface with which the latest Macs with the M1 chip are already equipped, as Bloomberg explains. Thunderbolt support like on the Mac could also enable a much faster connection of external SSDs and the connection of 5K and 6K screens on the iPad. Support for more flexible Thunderbolt 4 hubs is also conceivable.

According to information from the financial news agency, Apple does not intend to introduce the new iPads until April at the earliest. The manufacturer usually chose March for the iPad presentation, but an Apple event originally suspected on March 23 does not seem to take place. According to the well-informed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, mass production of the new 12.9 "models will start later than expected, namely in the middle to the end of April.

Mini-LED displays also planned for MacBooks

According to Kuo, Apple will also bring mini-LED technology to the MacBook Pro this year, and a new 14 "and 16" MacBook Pro with Apple chips are expected. A MacBook Air with a mini LED screen will follow in 2022. In the case of the iPad, the technology of the Pro model series is reserved, according to the analyst, but the cheaper iPad Air will switch from LCD to OLED in 2022.

Apple is also working on a new thinner and lighter entry-level iPad and a new iPad mini with a larger screen, the report said, but both shouldn't be launched until the fall.

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