A couple of brand new devices with mini-LED technology, including Apple's 12.9-inch iPad Pro, is allegedly arriving in the early part of 2021, according to a new report.
A fresh report from the Taiwan-based publication Digitimes claimed that the Cupertino tech juggernaut is planning to release the 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the mini-LED display in the early part of next year. The report also mentioned that a new high-end MacBook is slated to arrive in the second half of 2021. Aside from Epistar, the report shared that Apple would top Osram Opto Semiconductors for backlight-use mini-LED for its MacBook.
The Taiwan-based publication also mentioned that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro would utilize more than 10,000 mini LEDs exclusively supplied by Epistar. Digitimes' sources also revealed that Epistar is preparing to commence the production of mini LEDs by tweaking its blue light LED chipmaking equipment to produce mini LEDs in the third quarter of this year. The latest report aligns with previous claims suggesting that Apple intends to switch some of its products over to mini-LED display technology.
TFI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo earlier claimed that Apple's next iPad Pro will feature a mini-LED panel. The reliable Apple tipster also mentioned in his previous note that the Cupertino company is designing the new 14.1-inches and 16 inches MacBook Pro models that would house the new Apple Silicon and mini-LED screens. Kuo's notes and Digitimes' reports pretty sum upApple'se likelihood of gravitating towards a more capable display technology.
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Mini-LED panels utilize the same IP-LCD display that Apple uses on its existing MacBooks and iPads. However, the new technology offers an improved backlighting system. With lots of smaller LEDs used for backlighting, the new screen offers greater control over smaller screen sections. Additionally, the upcoming display technology offers many of the same benefits found in OLED panels.
This includes increased brightness, higher contrast ratio, better power efficiency, and deeper blacks. An LCD screen with mini-LED backlighting is reportedly much better than OLED in several aspects--it has a longer life and is less prone to burn-in.
It is worth mentioning that these latest details from Digitimes about the release window of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and MacBook Pro are not official. There is a great chance that these devices might not arrive on the leaked timelines. At the moment, it appears that Apple is prioritizing the production of this year's flagship iPhone.