Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back to advance that Apple intends to launch iPads and MacBooks with new screen technology between the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. The displays mini LED from Apple would be equipped with approximately 10,000 tiny LEDs to display images more accurately.
This is not the first time that Kuo has talked about mini-LED technology in future Apple products. In April, he spiked that information along with the rumor that the company would launch a 31.5-inch monitor with 6K resolution in 2019 with the new panel – in fact, Apple released the expensive Pro Display XDR, but not with the very same technology that will be in the new iPads and MacBooks.
Here, it is worth remembering what the mini-LED is, to avoid confusion. MicroLED will be a completely new screen technology, using extremely small LEDs, the size of the thickness of a hair, to form images, combining the durability of the LCD with the deep blacks of the OLED. The mini-LED still has an LCD panel and uses very small (but not extremely) LEDs as backlight.
Each iPad or MacBook screen would have about 10,000 LEDs in the backlight, compared to just 570 on the Pro Display XDR. These LEDs will be tiny, measuring less than 0.2 mm each. A more accurate backlit display tends to generate deeper blacks, greater contrast and stronger brightness; in addition, it would allow for thinner and lighter devices.
For Kuo, Apple prefers the mini-LED because it offers a color range comparable to OLED, but without risk of burn-in. In addition, the company has several suppliers at its disposal to order medium-sized mini-LED screens, such as LG Display, Epistar, Zhen Ding, Radiant Opto-Electronics, Nichia, Avary Holding and TSMT – the OLED market is dominated by Samsung .
If the predictions are right, the iPad with mini-LED screen should arrive between the fourth quarter of 2020 and the first quarter of 2021. The MacBook can be launched until the second quarter of 2021 – that is, we will probably still have a generation with screens “Normal” ahead.
With information: MacRumors.