24 March 2020
Apple is reportedly planning to launch new products with mini-LED displays in 2020 and the year after it. The report comes from an investors’ note given by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and obtained by MacRumors. According to his prediction, the production is not expected to be delayed by the growing COVID-19 Coronavirus.
As per the report, Apple has six mini-LED products in the works – a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a 7-inch iMac Pro, a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, a 16-inch MacBook Pro, a 10.2-inch iPad, and a 7.9-inch iPad Mini. Kuo has also provided the specific launch time frames for a few of them. According to his information, the iMac Pro could launch in the fourth quarter of 2020, a 7.9-inch iPad Mini could launch in 2020. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro which is expected to be a high-end option could launch in the fall of 2020.
Kuo also shared that the 14.1-inch MacBook Pro could be sold alongside a refreshed 16-inch MacBook Pro. Previously, Kuo also noted that the 16-inch MacBook Pro with a mini-LED display could launch in the fourth quarter of 2020, so that could also be when the 14.1-inch version will launch as reported in this latest investors’ note.
This is not the first time that Kuo has talked about the possibility of Apple bringing min-LED products in 2020 and 2021. Back in September last year, Kuo provided a similar research note where he stated that Apple could release a new high-end iPad and MacBook models featuring mini-LED display panels.
So, the latest report reiterates which was already speculated. However, previously, Kuo presented some detailed facts as well, like Apple MacBook and iPad models to have display panels with 10,000 LEDs with an individual thickness of fewer than 200 microns. It is expected that LG Display will be the main supplier for display panels.