With Apple’s iPad mini, iPad, iPad Air, and iPad Pro tablets, you can guess that the Pro one has the best specs. It appears Apple has opted not to include mini-LED screens in the 2024 12.9-inch iPad Air.

According to Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) and well-known analyst in the display industry, the 2024 iPad Air might feature a mini-LED panel. As a result of the high costs of manufacturing mini-LED panels, he now explains that the iPad Air will come with an LCD panel instead.

Apple will also introduce a brand new iPad model with a mini-LED display in the fourth quarter of 2024, according to Ross Young. It could possibly be a low-end iPad Pro or an entirely new iPad lineup. While Apple is working on a new iPad Air, the complete technical specs are not yet available.

The mini-LED display technology is slowly being adopted in some devices, offering richer contrast and truly black areas compared to LCD panels, but not to the same extent as OLED displays. By illuminating the display with much smaller LEDs, mini-LEDs can produce better colors. Due to the cost of mini-LED panels, Apple will likely continue avoiding using them in iPad Airs in the future.