A next-generation iPad mini model that could launch later in 2021 will use a display with mini LED backlighting, according to a new supply chain report.
A paywalled preview of the DigiTimes report indicates that Radiant Optoelectronics will begin shipping the backlight units in the third quarter of 2021, with a volume expansion planned for the fourth quarter.
Compared to traditional backlight methods, mini LEDs provide better contrast, higher brightness levels, and improved black colors.
Back in 2020, TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecast that a new iPad mini model would come equipped with mini LED backlighting. Earlier in July, Bloomberg reported that the "iPad mini 6" was set for a launch in the fall.