Analyst Min-Chi Kuo said Apple now has enough potential suppliers of Mini-LED screens for laptops, tablets and all-in-ones to not only meet the production requirements, but also bring down the price of the new technology to a commercially acceptable level.
In 2021, Kuo said 20-30% of MacBooks and 30-40% of iPads in the market will ship with next-generation displays. In March, he talked about six devices that will be the first to receive this technology:
- iPad Pro (12.9-inch)
- iMac Pro (27-inch)
- MacBook Pro (14.1-inch)
- MacBook Pro (16-inch)
- iPad (10.2-inch)
- iPad mini (7.9-inch)
Some of them were supposed to be announced in 2020, but most likely the launch dates were postponed due to the pandemic. However, it is not too late – according to rumors, in addition to the presentation of the iPhone 12 in early October, another event dedicated to the Mac and MacBook on processors with ARM architecture will take place in late autumn.
Mini-LED displays are a conventional liquid crystal matrix, but backlit from several thousand controllable LEDs. This layout provides accurate and efficient screen zoning that will allow LCDs to approximate OLED in black depth.
MSI was the first to use a Mini-LED screen in a laptop – the engineering sample was shown to the Russian press in March (full-fledged photography of this sample was prohibited, so the photo is not in the best quality).