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Apple to Release MacBook and iPad (Pro) with Mini-LED Displays Between 2020 and 2021

Standing by a statement Ming-Chi Kuo made earlier in April, he reaffirmed that the tech giant Apple would release high-end models of iPad and MacBook will sport mini-LED displays. According to the renowned Apple analyst, these models would be released towards the end of 2020 and the first half of 2021. The iPad is slated for release between the final quarter of 2020 and the initial quarter of 2021. The MacBook is speculated for a later release between the first two quarters of 2021.

In a note to TF International Securities that was also seen by MacRumors, Kuo has mentioned that the display for each of these devices will house nearly 10,000 LEDs. This will be much more than the number of LEDs in the manufacturer’s upcoming Pro Display XDR that will encompass 576 LEDs. The size of the LEDs will also be smaller than those that will be seen in the XDR device. Each LED will have a size of less than 200 microns.

Display Size of the iPad and MacBook Systems

In his earlier statement, Kuo mentioned that the upcoming iPad will have a display size ranging between 10 inches and 12 inches. Similarly, according to him, the display size of the MacBook will be anywhere between 15 inches and 17 inches.

The fact that the mini-LED display components are expensive indicates that the two systems will be released as high-end devices. In all likelihood, this could mean that the devices will be the iPad Pro and the MacBook Pro. However, Kuo has not mentioned anything regarding this.

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Why Mini-LED Displays

Over the years, there has been an improvement in the mass production and the vast color gamut performance of medium-sized OLED displays. The performance is also almost at par to mini-LED displays.

However, Kuo feels that the choice of mini-LED displays is to prevent burn-in problems. Another reason for this option is that using these displays will make Apple less dependent on Samsung for the latter’s OLED displays. The display panels for the iPad and MacBook will be supplied by LG Display. Apple will also rely on other suppliers like Epistar, TSMT, Zhen Ding and a few others for various mini-LED components.

Impact of Mini-LED Displays on Design

According to Kuo, the use of mini-LED displays will make the systems lighter and thinner. Other highlights include HDR, high contrast and decent wide color gamut performance. The devices will also support local dimming. This will reduce the backlight behind those areas of the screen that appear black while retaining the brightness on the already bright parts of the screen at the same time.

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