Apple's 'iPad mini 6' to adopt mini LED backlighting, report corroborates

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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.

On Thursday, DigiTimes reported that Apple supply partners are providing mini LED backlight units for both upcoming MacBook Pro models and a new iPad mini device, likely the "iPad mini 6."

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.

In June, leaked renders of the "iPad mini 6" showed off a device with slim bezels and no home button like other current iPad models. On Tuesday, a report indicated that the new iPad mini would use the same A15 chipset as Apple's "iPhone 13" lineup.