Confirming the rumors and speculation months, Apple finally launched a new iPad Pro with two rather significant changes. The shift to the Apple M1 chip further blurs the boundaries between iPad Pro and MacBook but actually turned to the mini LED screen that has several people talking. However, it’s not all in a good way, because some don’t seem to be convinced about the final results of more expensive technology. However, in a purely technical aspect, the assessment of the initial Theater iFixit from the 12.9-inch iPad Pro M1 proved to be at least more interesting.
When it comes to backlight, the LED mini display that is under the marketing name “XDR Display” is very significant. Still using the LCD above so that there are still some missing benefits compared to OLED technology. That said, compared to the backlight used Apple on the previous iPad, the LED mini screen was a big upgrade.
IFIXIT provides a refresher course about technology and, in short, the panel now employs thousands of mini LEDs behind the scenes to provide lighting. However, more than just intense brightness, it also means that each mini LED can be controlled individually to synchronize with what is displayed on the screen above.
While technology might be cool, the teardown process does not change in any way. Technicians and service providers still need to use heat, persuade, and patience to issue a screen, which also remains a risky process. The process, unfortunately, is the first step needed to repair or replace something inside.
Ifixit also notes that very few components have changed in the iPad Pro M1, at least apart from the expected 5G antenna, M1 chip, and a new wide wide-corner camera. DIY repair experts still have full teardown guides and evaluation but, at least from this initial feedback, it won’t impress.