Last April, prior to Apple’s keynote in June, popular TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had highlighted the importance of Mini-LED in the prosperous gadgets of the Apple. Until then, the brand new Pro Display XDR was expected to feature the technology, but we know that this is not exactly what happened.
Now, Kuo reiterated his prediction a few months ago and said that Apple plans to launch new flagship models of the iPad It’s from MacBook with Mini-LED displays between the end of 2020 and mid-2021, as disclosed by the MacRumors.
According to the analyst’s predictions, iPads and MacBooks equipped with such technology would use approximately 10,000 LEDs – a much larger number than the Pro Display XDR, which uses 570 LEDs for its backlight. More precisely, each point of illumination would be less than 0.2mm.
OLED displays (currently used on iPhones flagship) offer a color range comparable to that of Mini-LED technology; however, Apple’s choice for the second option would be based on the fact that it is not as susceptible to burn-in, a problem that was verified by the company itself with the launch of the iPhone X in 2017.
More than that, Apple would also be interested in buying Mini-LED displays from several suppliers, and not mostly from Samsung, as is currently the case with the acquisition of OLED screens.
If Kuo’s predictions prove to be true, we’ll probably see yet another generation of iPad Pro and MacBook Pro without Mini-LED displays before Apple launches these gadgets with the new technology, with Apple presenting the tablet first.
Regarding the MacBook Pro, it is expected that the future model with Mini-LED will be related to the speculated 16-inch version (expected this year, but “postponed” to 2021). As the analyst has already inferred, the new laptop is likely to feature a completely new design, thinner bezels and the return of the scissor keyboard. Really? We’ll see.