Kuo talks about the iPad with mini-LED screen, the third generation of the AirPods and the battery of the iPhone 13
We continue with rumors of new products, from the iPhone 13 that would use a new battery technology, to the expected iPad with mini-LED screen, through the third generation AirPods. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo provides us with some new details on these products.
The clues: new suppliers and new components
Let’s start with the iPad mini-LED screen. According to a note to investors, Ming-Chi Kuo expects this new iPad to arrive during the first half of next year. The company in charge of part of its manufacture will be Career Technology, based in Taiwan, and will be a key part of the supply chain from 2021. This company deals with the manufacture of flexible plate using LCP (Liquid Crystal Polymer), a component that allows a very flexible way to connect multiple components at high speed and with low latency.
According to Kuo, Career Technology expects to begin receiving orders for various optical and acoustic components in the flexible plates for iPads with mini-LED displays that will begin mass production during the first half of 2021. Recall that the analyst expects Apple to present six products with mini-LED screens before the end of 2021, including the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 27-inch iMac Pro, 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, a 10.2-inch iPad, and a 7.9-inch iPad mini.
As for the third-generation AirPods, Kuo hopes they will adopt the same SiP (System in Package) that AirPods Pro currently use. This change would replace the current generation rigid-flexible PCB + SMT design and allow the new AirPods to adopt the AirPods Pro form factor. For now we do not know if the new AirPods 3, with the AirPods Pro design, will be or not in-ear. If we pay attention to the most recently leaked photos, it would not be so, although there are some information that contradict it.
In any case, we do know that this version, without the Pro last name, will not have active noise cancellation, which will be reserved only for the top model. What we do hope will improve is battery life thanks to Apple’s development of a new wireless chip.
In the field of the iPhone, Kuo hopes that the successors of the iPhone 12, which would receive the name of iPhone 14 to avoid peculiar numbers, although for now we will call 13, They will arrive with a smaller battery thanks to a new technology called soft plate batteries. According to the analyst, the Jialianyi company expects to receive between 40 and 50% of orders for this class of batteries for the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini.
These batteries have fewer layers than the current ones, so Apple could put more capacity in the same space or reduce the occupied space while maintaining capacity. If we do the latter, we could see an even thinner iPhone 13.
Yet it is clear that 2021 will be an interesting year for Apple hardware. Among the entire list of products that we expected for 2020 and that will arrive next year plus the surprises that Apple already has planned, we can already prepare.