While the price of repair for the 11-inch model iPad Pro remains the same as the previous generation at $499, the 12.9-inch version has shot up another $50 to hit an eye watering $699. That is almost certainly down to the brand new mini-LED technology powering the screen, given the 11-inch model hasn’t seen the same inflation.
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Screen tech aside, the two new iPad Pro models feature the same upgrades: an improved TrueDepth camera, optional 5G support, Thunderbolt compatibility and the performance boost of the M1 processor.
On one level, it’s unsurprising that mini-LED technology increases the cost of repair. Each panel apparently requires over 10,000 LEDs, which is an enormous increase on the 72 used in previous versions. On the other hand, $699 is a huge outlay for a device that starts at $1,099 brand new.
Of course, you can avoid the huge fee if you purchase AppleCare+ with your device. It’ll set you back $149 for two years, or can be extended indefinitely for $7.99 a month. Obviously, that’s an outlay that most people would like to avoid, but given it brings the cost of out-of-warranty repairs down to $49 a time, it certainly offers peace of mind to the accident prone, with Apple offering two accidental damage repairs every 12 months.
If you’re planning on buying the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro, you do have time to mull over your options. The current delivery time for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch has been pushed back to late June or early July. Once again, it seems likely that the complicated mini-LED screen is behind the delays as the 11-inch version is still listed as being delivered in May.
With a longer wait and increased repair costs, you may be wondering if the upgrade to mini-LED technology is worth it. While we won’t know for sure until we get to benchmark it in person, in theory mini-LED should be a gamer changer with richer visuals for both media and games.