India Prices And What You Can Buy Now


Are your credit cards ready? If you are someone who splurges on the annual Apple product cycle updates, there is a lot for you to keep track of. After all, there is the new colorful iMac line-up, the purple edition of the Apple iPhone 12 and Apple iPhone 12 Mini, the new and more powerful iPad Pro series, the refreshed and smarter Apple TV 4K as well as the cool and really useful AirTag that you need to keep track of, particularly with the India availability on the Apple India Online Store. Announced at the Apple Spring Loaded 2021 keynote, these new devices have an India availability date, of some are on sale now and some remain available for preorder. And we intend to help you keep track of what will be available when, and how much will be the prices of the new iPhone purple variant, new iMac, the iPad Pro line-up, Apple TV 4K and AirTag.

Let us start with what is already on sale. The Apple iPhone 12 series got a surprise refresh with the new Purple colour option for the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini only. The specs remain exactly the same as the other colour variants of the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini, except the new color, of course. The pricing of the iPhone 12 Mini in Purple is Rs 69,900 (64GB), Rs 74,900 (128GB) and Rs 84,900 (256GB). The pricing of the iPhone 12 in the Purple option is Rs 79,900 (64GB), Rs 84,900 (128GB) and Rs 94,900 (256GB). You’ll can buy the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini in Purple now and the Apple India Online Store is shipping orders. If you have an older smartphone to trade in, you could get up to Rs 17,000 off on your new iPhone with the Apple trade-in offer. The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini are also available in White, Black, Blue, Green and (PRODUCT)RED colours.

The good thing is, you can now also buy the cool new Apple AirTag trackers. The Apple AirTag are incredibly cool, there is no doubt about it. These trackers will be able to help you trace things that may have gone missing around you, get you step by step navigation in the direction you should be heading to and will have an incredibly long battery life as well. These will plug into the Find My app on your iPhone and is great news of you keep misplacing your keys or wallet, for instance. Apple will be selling the AirTag as a single piece for Rs 3,190 or you can buy a pack of 4 AirTag trackers for Rs 10,900. You can now order the AirTag on the Apple India online store with shipping happening now. Mind you, your Apple iPhone will need iOS 14.5 for these to work, so do update beforehand and also take advantage of the new privacy measures to prevent apps from tracking you across the breadth of the World Wide Web.

Now on to the gorgeous new iMacs, with the 24-inch 4.5K Retina Display. You will be able to buy the iMac with three default configuration options. The entry spec variant will be powered by the Apple M1 with the 8-core CPU and the 7-core GPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and will be priced at Rs 1,19,900 onwards. The mid spec variant will have an Apple M1 with an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU and also add the USB 3 ports as well as Gigabit ethernet for Rs 1,39,900 onwards. The top spec variant will increase the storage to 512GB and is priced at Rs 1,59,900. Mind you, the mid-spec and the higher end iMac are available in 7 color options, but the entry spec variant misses out on 3 of these—yellow, orange and purple. You can preorder the colorful new iMac now with the shipping starting in the second half of May, though the estimates for some pincodes in India do indicate a delivery date sometime in early June. This can change because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the various regional restrictions in place from time to time in an attempt to curb the spread of the infections. It may be a long wait but this may just be worth it for what is the slimmest iMac you’d have ever seen perhaps, at just 11.5mm thin.

The extremely powerful new iPad Pro line-up is now also available for orders shipping starts in the second half of May. Though as we pointed out in the case of the iMac as well, delivery dates will vary significantly for pincodes and regions, owing to the COVID wave. The iPad Pro line-up continues to be available in the 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen options, the latter getting the new Liquid Retina XDR display as well. The biggest difference yet from before being that they are now running the extremely powerful Apple M1 chips. Yet, with the new iPad Pro, you can get up to 16GB of RAM. That’s for the top two spec variants, with 1TB and 2TB of storage. The other iPad Pro variants get 8GB RAM. If it is the 11-inch iPad Pro that you’re looking for, it’ll cost you Rs 71,900 onwards for the Wi-Fi version and Rs 80,900 onwards for the Wi-Fi + Cellular variant. These are available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB storage options, as well as the newly added 2TB option.

The Apple TV 4K comes with refreshed and more powerful innards and also the cool new feature that utilizes your iPhone for colour balancing your television display settings for the best picture quality. This now runs the A12 Bionic processor and also supports High Frame Rate HDR. There’s a new remote too. All in all, this plugs into Apple’s various services including Apple TV+, Apple Music and Apple Arcade gaming. The Apple TV 4K is priced at Rs 18,900 for the 32GB variant and Rs 20,900 for the 64GB option. There is no word on when this will be available for preorders at this time, or when it will finally go on sale. The Apple India online store simply says, “Check back later for availability”, at the time of writing this. We do hope it is soon.

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Apple iPad Pro, iMac, Mi 11 Ultra, Acer Spin 7 and More


It’s not every week that we get to see nearly 30 practically headlining gadgets being launched in a week – but that’s exactly what the week gone by was. Apple finally held its mid-year event that gave us two new iPad Pros, a new iMac, the AirTag and more. Xiaomi, meanwhile, wrapped the week up in India with the Mi 11 Ultra, a 75-inch QLED Mi TV and more. Realme wasn’t left far behind either, launching the Realme 8 5G in the country. Others, from Sony and Amazon to Oppo and Infinix, also played their part with launches that will sound attractive depending on what you are looking for in the market. Here’s looking at the biggest tech launches of the week, which were held between April 19 and 23.

*Editor’s note: The following list is not comprehensive, but includes a list of gadgets and products that were notably launched through the week, and would be of the most relevance for buyers to know.

Mi 11 Ultra

The Mi 11 Ultra has been among the more anticipated smartphones to be launched in India. It is a full-scale flagship smartphone from Xiaomi, offering features such as a 6.81-inch QHD+ AMOLED 120Hz display, the Snapdragon 888 SoC, 50MP + 48MP + 48MP triple rear cameras, a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast charging and more – at Rs 69,999.

Apple iPad Pro 2021

Apple threw in the proverbial kitchen sink at its ‘pro’ iPads this year. As a result, the 2021 iPad Pro now features a 12.9-in Liquid Retina XDR display, the M1 SoC inside, a whole bunch of real-time AR applications with its rear camera, auto-panning ultra-wide front camera and more. It also has a 2TB storage variant, which is priced at an eye-watering Rs 1,98,900.

Apple iMac 2021

The iMac has received one of its biggest changes of late, and among its biggest differentiating factors right now are seven spunky colours that it now comes in. Plus, there is the M1 SoC, a new power cable management system, better audio and cameras, and a higher definition 24-in display that sits on a body measuring just 11.5mm. Prices start at Rs 1.19 lakh.

Mi QLED 75in

A 75-inch TV isn’t exactly for everyone, but there’s no denying that Xiaomi’s new Mi QLED 75 4K TV is one to savour. It crucially runs on Android TV 10, which offers a much needed upgrade to the television interface. Its 120Hz refresh rate will be loved by PS5 and Xbox Series X owners, and all things together mean its Rs 1.2 lakh asking price isn’t unwarranted.

Acer Spin 7

The Acer Spin 7 is the first laptop in the country to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 SoC in India, hence standing out with what it offers. While regular features such as the 14-in full HD touch display is great, and the presence of 5G connectivity adds future-proofing, would you pay Rs 1.34 lakh for an ultrabook with an untested chipset inside?

Realme 8 5G

The Realme 8 5G aims to hold the distinction of being the most affordable 5G smartphone in India, at least for the time being. As a result, with a 6.5-in full HD display and the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC onboard, Realme has still kept its overall price to Rs 14,999 for the 4G RAM variant. The benefits of 5G aren’t in India yet, but for future-proofing, it makes sense.

Moto G60, G40 Fusion

Priced from Rs 13,999 for the base G40 Fusion to Rs 17,999 for the G60, Motorola has brought back the once-iconic G series of mid-range smartphones. Both phones feature the Snapdragon 732 SoC, as well as 6,000mAh batteries with 20W charging and 6.8-in full HD displays. The key difference lies in the rear camera, with the G60 sporting a 108MP one.

Oppo A74 5G

The Oppo A74 5G brings the Snapdragon 480 entry-level 5G SoC to India, and is priced at Rs 17,990. There’s a full HD display with 90Hz refresh rate, a 5,000mAh battery with 18W charging support, a side-mounted physical fingerprint sensor, a 48MP triple rear camera setup and a bunch of interesting colour options.

Other launches

The rest of the products that were also launched in India are quite a few. From Xiaomi’s stable comes the premium, sub-flagship grade Mi 11x and Mi 11x Pro smartphones, while sub-brand Poco also unveiled the Poco M2 Reloaded at Rs 9,499. Beyond the iPad and the iMac, Apple introduced the much-awaited AirTag trackers, a high frame rate variant of the Apple TV 4K and a purple variant of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini.

Sony introduced its entry level 4K TV in India with a refreshed Bravia X75 series, while Amazon unveiled the Fire TV Cube in India at Rs 12,999 with hands-free Alexa support. MediaTek also unveiled its flagship 5G SoC that are set to be featured in premium smartphones – the Dimensity 1200. On the laptop end of things, Acer unveiled its gaming laptop – the Predator Helios 300, with choices of up to 11th gen Intel Core i7 CPUs and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPUs.

In terms of smartphones in India, Infinix launched three smartphones this week – Hot 10 Play, Hot 10s and Hot 10s NFC. Fellow budget player Tecno launched the Tecno Spark 7P, while Oppo also announced a basic A-series phone, the Oppo A54. Boat, finally, brought up the rear with a new pair of budget TWS earphones in India – the AirDopes 701 ANC.

Outside India, Realme introduced the Q3 series of phones, while Oppo launched the A84 5G and Honor announced the Honor Play 5T Vitality Edition.

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India Prices And When You Can Buy


If you are someone who splurges on the annual Apple product cycle updates, there is a lot for you to keep track of. After all, there is the new colorful iMac line-up, the purple edition of the Apple iPhone 12 and Apple iPhone 12 Mini, the new and more powerful iPad Pro series, the refreshed and smarter Apple TV 4K as well as the cool and really useful AirTag that you need to keep track of. Announced earlier this week at the Apple Spring Loaded 2021 keynote, these new devices will be available for preorders in India at different points of time in the coming days. And we intend to help you keep track of what will be available for preorder when, and how much will be the prices of the new iPhone purple variant, the iMac, the new iPad Pro line-up, Apple TV 4K and the AirTag.

Let us start with the gorgeous new iMacs first, with the 24-inch 4.5K Retina Display. You will be able to buy the iMac with three default configuration options. The entry spec variant will be powered by the Apple M1 with the 8-core CPU and the 7-core GPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage and will be priced at Rs 1,19,900 onwards. The mid spec variant will have an Apple M1 with an 8-core CPU and 8-core GPU and also add the USB 3 ports as well as Gigabit ethernet for Rs 1,39,900 onwards. The top spec variant will increase the storage to 512GB and is priced at Rs 1,59,900. Mind you, the mid-spec and the higher end iMac are available in 7 color options, but the entry spec variant misses out on 3 of these—yellow, orange and purple. You will be able to preorder the colorful new iMac from April 30 with the shipping starting in the second half of May. This is the slimmest iMac you’d have ever seen perhaps and is just 11.5mm thin.

The Apple iPhone 12 series got a surprise refresh with the new Purple colour option for the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini only. The specs remain exactly the same as the other colour variants of the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini, except the new color, of course. The pricing of the iPhone 12 Mini in Purple is Rs 69,900 (64GB), Rs 74,900 (128GB) and Rs 84,900 (256GB). The pricing of the iPhone 12 in the Purple option is Rs 79,900 (64GB), Rs 84,900 (128GB) and Rs 94,900 (256GB). You’ll be able to preorder the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini in Purple from April 23 with shipping starting April 30. If you have an older smartphone to trade in, you could get up to Rs 17,000 off on your new iPhone with the Apple trade-in offer. The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Mini are also available in White, Black, Blue, Green and (PRODUCT)RED colours.

The extremely powerful new iPad Pro line-up will be available for orders from April 30 and shipping starts in the second half of May. The iPad Pro line-up continues to be available in the 11-inch and 12.9-inch screen options, the latter getting the new Liquid Retina XDR display as well. The biggest difference yet from before being that they are now running the extremely powerful Apple M1 chips. Yet, with the new iPad Pro, you can get up to 16GB of RAM. That’s for the top two spec variants, with 1TB and 2TB of storage. The other iPad Pro variants get 8GB RAM. If it is the 11-inch iPad Pro that you’re looking for, it’ll cost you Rs 71,900 onwards for the Wi-Fi version and Rs 80,900 onwards for the Wi-Fi + Cellular variant. These are available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB storage options, as well as the newly added 2TB option.

The Apple TV 4K comes with refreshed and more powerful innards and also the cool new feature that utilizes your iPhone for colour balancing your television display settings for the best picture quality. This now runs the A12 Bionic processor and also supports High Frame Rate HDR. There’s a new remote too. All in all, this plugs into Apple’s various services including Apple TV+, Apple Music and Apple Arcade gaming. The Apple TV 4K is priced at Rs 18,900 for the 32GB variant and Rs 20,900 for the 64GB option. There is no word on when this will be available for preorders at this time, or when it will finally go on sale. The Apple India online store simply says, “Check back later for availability”, at the time of writing this. We do hope it is soon.

The Apple AirTag are incredibly cool. There is no two ways about it. These trackers will be able to help you trace things that may have gone missing around you, get you step by step navigation in the direction you should be heading to and will have an incredibly long battery life as well. These will plug into the Find My app on your iPhone and is great news of you keep misplacing your keys or wallet, for instance. Apple will be selling the AirTag as a single piece for Rs 3,190 or you can buy a pack of 4 AirTag trackers for Rs 10,900. These go live for orders on April 23 with shipping soon after. Mind you, your phone will need iOS 14.5 for these to work.

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Apple XDR iPad Pro, M1 iMac, Purple iPhone 12, AirTag, TV 4K Launched: India Prices


The Apple Spring Loaded event 2021 has concluded, giving us a whole bunch of new hardware to go gaga over. The centrepiece was undeniably the all-new 2021 iPad Pro. The latter may have retained a similar design language as before, but the biggest change comes in the form of the iPad Pro getting the M1 SoC as well. This opens up even closer integration between Apple operating systems, which impacts a wide range of things. The most impressive other new feature on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is its Liquid Retina XDR display, which Apple claims offers the same level of professional display accuracy as its Pro Display XDR – baked straight into the new iPad. The tablet is also available in an 11-inch variant, alongside the other launches that include a 24-inch M1 iMac, the AirTag tracker (finally) and Apple TV 4K with high frame rate HDR playback.

The 24-inch iMac gets a display and body that’s incredibly thin at 11.5mm, and comes in a set of seven different colours – even colour coordinated power cables, keyboards and mice. It too features the M1 SoC, and is available in two shades of performance. It gets the new macOS Big Sur with Universal Apps benefits, and other features such as a full HD FaceTime camera, a three-mic array with beamforming, and six-speaker audio output. The new iMac also replaces the large thermal plate on the back of older iMacs with a new cooling design that Apple claims needs only two fans and operates as silently as 10dB. For more details about the exact features that Apple announced, read our live blog of the event here.

The iMac also gets four USB-C ports with two Thunderbolt 4, support for up to 6K external displays, and an Ethernet port that actually sits on the power brick. The desktop is powerful enough to take on 8K video workflows while also multitasking, which is similar to what Apple claims with its iPad Pro as well – the latter can apparently produce super realistic and real-time AR and VR visuals with its new camera setup, for professionals who need such things.

The AirTag syncs with the Find My app on iOS, confirming rumours that are now years old. The trackers also get privacy features such as randomised identifiers, and offer users audio, visual and haptic feedback to locate their keys and wallets. Apple TV 4K, meanwhile, gets a new Siri remote with a click wheel that’s reminiscent of the good old iPods, and more importantly, high frame rate HDR playback. It also gets a TV colour calibration mode that uses the iPhone to calibrate TVs to professional standards.

Other updates announced today include a new purple shade that’ll be available with the iPhone and iPhone 12 Mini, an Apple Card update in terms of credit-worthiness of co-cardholders, and an update to the interface and subscription of the Podcasts app – in line with podcasts growing in popularity over the months of the pandemic.

India prices

The new Apple TV 4K with the new Siri Remote bundled costs Rs 18,900 in India, while just the remote (which is compatible with older Apple TVs) will cost Rs 8,500. Pre-orders for it begin April 30, sales from mid-May.

The AirTag, meanwhile, costs Rs 3,190 for one and Rs 10,900 for four. The tags will be up for sale from April 30. The purple iPhone 12 (and 12 Mini) cost the same, starting at Rs 69,900 for the Mini and Rs 79,900 for the iPhone 12.

The iMac, which comes in two performance variants, is priced in India from Rs 1,19,900 for the base variant and is available in four colours. The higher configuration is available in two storage sizes – 256GB and 512GB, and are available at Rs 1,39,900 and Rs 1,59,900 respectively in seven colour trims.

As for the new iPad Pro, the 11-inch model is priced onward of Rs 71,900 with 128GB storage, and Rs 99,900 for the same storage for the 12.9-inch model. Users willing to go all the way can pick up a 12.9-inch 2021 Apple iPad Pro with 2TB of storage at a whopping Rs 1,98,900. Pre-orders for the tablets also begin April 30, with sales commencing in the second half of May as well.

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Did Siri Spill The Beans on iPad Pro Launch Event?


Siri announcement. Was it a mistake?

Siri announcement. Was it a mistake?

Now, while the virtual assistant shows an option to go to Apple.com to “see more” about this April 20 event, clicking the options redirected us to the Apple Events page, which currently does not mention the April 20 event.

Apple’s next event is probably on Tuesday, April 20, if the company’s virtual assistant Siri is to be believed. In a rather surprising development, Siri is telling people about the next Apple event when asked when the next event from the Cupertino-based giant is. In the last few weeks, there have been many rumours about Apple launching the new iPad Pro models this month. However, there has been no official word from Apple, until the virtual assistant spilled the beans. We at News18 also asked Siri when the next Apple event is and it produced the same answer multiple times – on an iMac, MacBook, and iPhone. “The special event is on Tuesday, April 20, at Apple Park in Cupertino, CA. You can get all the details on Apple.com,” Siri says.

Now, while the virtual assistant shows an option to go to Apple.com to “see more” about this April 20 event, clicking the options redirected us to the Apple Events page, which currently does not mention the April 20 event. This means that an official announcement from Apple is due in the coming days. The company traditionally sends out invites for its events a week prior to the date. Apple has been heavily rumoured to launch the new iPad Pro models in the last one month. The company is also expected to launch its first mini-LED display iPad Pro – said to be the 12.9-inch variant in this year’s lineup.

A report in Bloomberg last week itself quoted unknown sources as saying that Apple may launch the new iPad Pro models as early as later this month. This year, Apple is said to be going ahead with the usual lineup – an 11-inch iPad Pro and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. There are also reports about a delay in the mini-LED display panel, which leads us to believe that Apple may go ahead with the launch as planned, but may start shipping at a delayed date.

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Apple iPad Pro 2021’s New Processor Will Be ‘on Par’ With M1 Chipset on the Latest Macs


Apple is reportedly working on new iPad Pro models with mini-LED display that is said to offer brighter and more colourful picture quality. The company is also planning to upgrade the processor that is “on par” with the latest M1 processor on the new MacBook Air 13 (2020), MacBook Pro 13, and Mac Mini (2020). The latest development comes from notable Apple analyst and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The analyst in a video adds that the upcoming iPad Pro models (or at the least 12.9-inch model) will be thicker than the predecessor due to the presence of the new display tech.

The new iPad Pro model(s) will reportedly launch later this month or in April, as per old leaks. Apple had launched the 2020 edition of the iPad Pro in two sizes (11-inch and 12.9-inch) with the LiDAR scanner and A12Z Bionic chipset in March last year. Gurman in the video does not highlight the exact processor to be used in the latest model, though it said to bring 5G connectivity support. The new processor will also unlock better camera capabilities, the analyst adds. It is unclear whether the iPad Pro will retain the Bionic-series chipset or a new processor from the Apple M1 or M-series. The Cupertino-based tech giant is also rumoured to unveil new iPad Pro models with the OLED panel later this year.

To recall, the iPad Pro 2020 models come with a 12-megapixel wide camera and a 10-megapixel ultra-wide camera besides the LiDAR sensor. Its price in India starts at Rs 71,900 for the 11-inch model, while the 12-inch variant carries a price tag of starting Rs 89,900. The video claims that there could be a new entry-level iPad coming later this year, though there is no substantial information around the product. There is no information regarding the iPad mini from Gurman, which hasn’t seen an update since 2019.





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Apple iPad Pro 2021’s New Processor Will Be ‘on Par’ With M1 Chipset on the Latest Macs


Apple is reportedly working on new iPad Pro models with mini-LED display that is said to offer brighter and more colourful picture quality. The company is also planning to upgrade the processor that is “on par” with the latest M1 processor on the new MacBook Air 13 (2020), MacBook Pro 13, and Mac Mini (2020). The latest development comes from notable Apple analyst and Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman. The analyst in a video adds that the upcoming iPad Pro models (or at the least 12.9-inch model) will be thicker than the predecessor due to the presence of the new display tech.

The new iPad Pro model(s) will reportedly launch later this month or in April, as per old leaks. Apple had launched the 2020 edition of the iPad Pro in two sizes (11-inch and 12.9-inch) with the LiDAR scanner and A12Z Bionic chipset in March last year. Gurman in the video does not highlight the exact processor to be used in the latest model, though it said to bring 5G connectivity support. The new processor will also unlock better camera capabilities, the analyst adds. It is unclear whether the iPad Pro will retain the Bionic-series chipset or a new processor from the Apple M1 or M-series. The Cupertino-based tech giant is also rumoured to unveil new iPad Pro models with the OLED panel later this year.

To recall, the iPad Pro 2020 models come with a 12-megapixel wide camera and a 10-megapixel ultra-wide camera besides the LiDAR sensor. Its price in India starts at Rs 71,900 for the 11-inch model, while the 12-inch variant carries a price tag of starting Rs 89,900. The video claims that there could be a new entry-level iPad coming later this year, though there is no substantial information around the product. There is no information regarding the iPad mini from Gurman, which hasn’t seen an update since 2019.





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Apple iPad Pro With Mini-LED Display May Launch in March, Said to Feature Same Design as its Predecessor


iPad Pro 2020 image used for representation.

iPad Pro 2020 image used for representation.

The rear camera module on the iPad Pro 2021 will reportedly be similar to the one included in the iPad Pro 2020. The 2020 iPad Pro comes with a 12-megapixel main camera, a 10-megapixel ultra-wide camera, and a LiDAR sensor.

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Apple will reportedly launch the next-generation iPad Pro in March this year. After sharing some details about the ninth-generation iPad this week, Japanese publication MacOtakara claims that the new iPad Pro will feature a 12.9-inch display with Mini-LED panel which is in line with previous rumours. Additionally, the iPad Pro 2021 will reportedly come with the same design as its predecessor. Notably, Apple launched the 2020 edition of the iPad Pro in two sizes (11-inch and 12.9-inch) with LiDAR scanner and A12Z Bionic chipset in March last year.

The report adds that the iPad Pro 2021’s rear camera module would also be similar to the one included in the iPad Pro 2020, though without the protruding lens. Corroborating previous rumours, the report further claims that the 12.9-inch Pro model might have a thicker body to accommodate a new Mini-LED display. Notably, Apple is said to reduce the number of speaker holes by two-thirds in the new lineup, and their position has also changed. The Mini-LED display tech uses the LCD screen and offers enhanced brightness and contrast with improved power efficiency and lower burn-in risks. Apple is also rumoured to unveil new iPad Pro models with the OLED panel later this year. The company used OLED screens in the previous iPhone 12 models.

To recall, the iPad Pro 2020 models come with a 12-megapixel wide camera and a 10-megapixel ultra-wide camera besides the LiDAR sensor. Its price in India starts at Rs 71,900 for the 11-inch model, while the 12-inch variant carries a price tag of starting Rs 89,900. Meanwhile, the new 9th generation entry-level iPad will reportedly have the same 10.2-inch display as the 8th generation iPad but will be slimmer and lighter body than the previous version. MacOtakara had claimed that the next iPad 9 is likely to be based on the iPad Air third generation.



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iPad Pro With Mini-LED Display May Launch In Q1 2021; Apple Diversifies Display Supply Chain


iPad Pro might be the first device to get Apple's mini LED display. (Image Credit: Apple)

iPad Pro might be the first device to get Apple’s mini LED display. (Image Credit: Apple)

Last month, known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had said in a research note that the min-LED iPad Pro will launch in the first half of 2021.

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Last month, it was reported that Apple may launch its iPad Pro with a mini-LED display in the first half of 2021. Now, a new report claims that Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro with mini-LED display may launch in the first quarter of 2021. The report claims that Apple has diversified it supply chain for display and touch panels, with BOE finally getting Apple’s approval to supply OLED panels for the iPhone and GIS moving to provide the display and touch panels for both the iPhone and the upcoming iPad Pro.

The report, published in DigiTimes, says that GIS approved investments worth TWD 2.198 billion (roughly Rs 575 crores) and TWD 1.421 billion (roughly Rs 371 crores) proposed by its Chinese subsidiary in August and November this year respectively. These funds will focus on expanding the production capacity for integrated touch modules used in tablets, according to sources cited by DigiTimes. Besides iPhones, GIS will produce integrated touch modules for mini-LED backlit panels of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, to be launched in Q1 2021, the report further quoted sources as saying.

Apple has been rumoured to be working on a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with a mini-LED display since quite some time. The mini-LED display is said to offer a number of improvements over the current iPad displays, including darker blacks, brighter and more rich colours, and better contrast. The mini-LED display will use thousands of individually-lit LEDs to light up the display. The technology is said to offer many of the benefits offered by OLED display but without some of the drawbacks of OLED.

Last month, known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had said in a research note that the min-LED iPad Pro will launch in the first half of 2021. Kuo had also said that Apple is working on the third generation of its truly wireless AirPods, which may be called the AirPods 3. Kuo had said that AirPods 3 will go into production in the first half of 2021.



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