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Ultra Retina XDR OLED screens in iPad Pro are just the latest evolution of Apple’s flagship display tech

The iPad Pro line has boasted Apple’s flagship display technology for the last six years, starting with a ProMotion LED display, stopping at at miniLED backlighting for a while, then arriving at tandem OLED. Here’s how they compare.

The 13-inch iPad Pro shown from three angles: front, back, and side
iPad Pro display technology has come a long way

Apple revealed the 11-inch and 13-inch iPad Pro models during a short video event on May 7. These are the first iPads with OLED displays, but the technology goes much further than the panels used in iPhones.

This comparison will focus on the previous three generations of display technology available for the larger iPad Pro. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2018 had a Liquid Retina display, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in 2021 had a Liquid Retina XDR display with miniLED backlighting, and the new 13-inch iPad Pro revealed in 2024 has an Ultra Retina XDR display.

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