04 March 2020
Apple is expected to refresh its iPad and MacBook Pro 16-inch with new mini-LED display technology in 2020. The prediction comes from the very known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has also postulated the benefit of using this technology.
In a research note sourced by MacRumors, Kuo has said that these new displays would significantly improve the productivity and the entertainment experience for the users.
Apple is expected to bring at least four to six products with mini LED displays over the next two to three years. This will include a high-end 12.9-inch iPad Pro with an A14X chip in the third quarter of 2020 and a refreshed 16-inch MacBook Pro in the fourth quarter of 2020.
According to Kuo, LG Display and GIS will provide these mini-LED products starting next year. As noted by Kuo previously the mini-LED tech will allow for thinner and lighter product designs. The mini-LED will come with some of the features which OLED displays offer on the latest iPhones, including wide color gamut experience, high contrast, and dynamic range.
Later, a post from DigiTimes corroborated that we may see products, including the notebooks embracing the yet-to-come mini-LED technology in the coming year.
DigiTimes citing some unnamed sources shares that many China-based vendors including Apple will launch their mini-LED featured notebooks in 2020. According to the report, flexible PCB and the ultra-thin PCB are the two major choices for the substrate used in the mini LED backlighting module. The sources believe that ultra-thin PCB stands a great chance of competing with FPCB in the notebook market.
The report also mentions that MacBook will adopt mini LED backlighting and the module could be supplied by Taiwan-based Zhen Ding Tech.