This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Mini-LEDs, which are being touted as Apple's next-generation display technology, are reportedly expected to accelerate adoption in the upcoming iPad and MacBook series.
Mini-LED display technology is a method of dividing the backlight into smaller segments (1000 to 10,000 LEDs) while retaining the traditional LCD + backlight LED structure. Combining this with local dimming, which allows you to control the brightness of each area, makes it possible to "partially turn off" the backlight. As a result, it can be expected to produce high-purity black color like an OLED panel while saving energy, and because it does not contain organic substances, it is considered to be resistant to burn-in.
According to the latest research note by renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, where it was previously predicted that Taiwan's Epistar would be the exclusive supplier of mini-LED chips for Apple products in 2021, Sanan Optoelectronics (one of the pioneering companies in China's LED industry) is expected to join the company as a second supplier as early as the same year due to its better development schedule and cost than its competitors.
And so, as suppliers competed with each other for supply capacity and price, the cost of mini-LED displays for Apple products fell from $75-85 to about $45. As a result, about 30~40% of iPad shipments and 20~30% of MacBook shipments in 2021 will use mini-LED technology. For both products, that was previously predicted to be 10-20%, and now both have been revised upward.
The prospect of wide adoption of mini-LED screens in future Apple products has been advocated by Kuo for the past six months.
In his research notes at the time, he predicted that Apple was developing six products that are equipped mini-LED display, including a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 27-inch iMac Pro, 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, 16-inch MacBook Pro, 10.2-inch iPad, and 7.9-inch iPad mini.
Among these, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and MacBook Pro are expected to make an early appearance. Both are reported by supply chain sources in South Korea and Taiwan, and aside from the release date, it should be highly probable that "Apple is preparing for mass production of these products".
What's more, the Apple Silicon version of the Mac, with Apple's proprietary CPU, is expected to be less expensive than the Intel chip version. We can't wait to see the new Macs, which will have a display with a performance close to that of an OLED panel and a lower price tag.
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Apple is rumored to accelerate the adoption of mini-LED displays in its iPad and MacBook lineups.