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New rumors that the next iPad mini will have a ProMotion display are false, an analyst says, because it would require significant hardware changes.
Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, has already poured cold water on iPad mini rumors, such as those claiming that xhttps://appleinsider.com/inside/iPad-mini-6 will use an LED mini . Now, in response to a question on ProMotion about the next model, Young says it’s not practical.
I would be surprised because it is currently an a-Si LCD which is not compatible with ProMotion. Only their Pro models support ProMotion as they use an Oxide LCD screen.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) June 28, 2022
The term a-Si refers to amorphous silicon, which has limitations compared to oxide LCDs. In order to get the ProMotion features, the iPad mini would have to switch to oxide LCD technology like what is used in the iPad Pro. Oxide LCD technology allows smaller transistors to deliver the same current, which means both higher resolution and a refresh rate switched display.
Therefore, replacing the a-Si panel with an oxide LCD panel would require more production effort than simply replacing one panel with another.
Apple released the iPad mini 6 in 2021. There have yet to be any rumors of a seventh generation coming until 2023.