Mini-LED iPad and AirPods 3 Expected to Release in First Half of 2021: Kuo

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to release a new mini-LED iPad and it’s AirPods 3 in the first half of 2021.

Kuo, who released his latest research note through TF International Securities, is citing that Chinese manufacturer Jialianyi plays a critical role in Apple’s supply chain when it comes to these two products. According to MacRumors‘ report, Jialianyi is bringing its flexible soft board technology to the table.

Kuo states that Jialianyi will be regaining supply orders for acoustic and optical components in soft boards with the intention of them being used for the mini-LED iPad. The Liquid crystal polymer boards will effectively be able to provide high-speed, low-latency data transfers with the product. Kuo’s notes predict mass production of the soft boards will begin in the first half of 2021.

Apple’s transition to mini-LED was pushed back into 2021. Earlier this year, Kuo was adamant that a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, utilizing the new mini-LED technology, was in development this year. Though supply constraints delayed progression into the new year. Additionally, a 16-inch MacBook Pro has also been expected by Kuo. However, in earlier reports, Kuo had expected the transition to mini-LED displays to begin by Q4 2021. It may seem as though development has been expedited.

Additionally, Kuo has said he expects Apple’s third-generation AirPods to release in the first half of 2021 as well. What’s been dubbed the AirPods 3 is expected to have longer battery life and feature active noise cancellation. It’s also been said that the AirPods 3 will have a form factor similar to the AirPods Pro and move away from the standard design seen on the AirPods 2. Jialianyi is also playing a role in the supply chain for the product. The manufacturer will be gaining component orders for the device.

Kuo wraps up by predicting Apple will use Jialianyi soft board technology on the iPhone 13 to decrease manufacturing costs.